Is Dyslexia a learned behavior or a biological problem?
There are so many children in our county afflicted with dyslexia, who struggle with reading and therefore have a difficult time learning in school. The official position is that dyslexia is an innate, biological problem "presumed to be due to central nervous system dysfunction."
But there are others who assert that dyslexia is actually a learned behavior for many children, caused simply by how they're taught to read.
Researcher Edward Miller agrees that there are some children who are born with dyslexia, but these children are generally born with so many other problems at the same time, that dyslexia is simply one of many difficulties the child struggles with.
But Miller asserts that some dyslexia, which he terms "educational dyslexia," is actually caused by the method of teaching.
"Miller discovered that when preschoolers memorize as sight words the entire texts of such popular books as Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham, they develop a block against seeing the words phonetically and thus become "dyslexic." They become sight readers with a holistic reflex rather than phonetic readers with a phonetic reflex. A holistic reader looks at each word as a little picture, a configuration, much like a Chinese character, and tries to think of the word it represents. A phonetic reader automatically associates letters with sounds and sounds out the syllabic units which blend into an articulated word."
Edward Miller's conclusions are definitely food for thought, and something that all parents might want to consider. Personally, I can see a lot of truth in Miller's argument.
Does your child struggle with Dyslexia and is it a learned behavior or a truly biological problem?