We present below a Dott.ssa Anna Guzza, an expert in child psychology, the new frontiers of technology iPad tablet, Smartphone and to deal with dyslexia in children.
As reported in an article of American “ScienceDaily,” technology can be a great tool for specific learning disorder treatment. As Lenin Grajo, Master of Education and Professor of Occupational Science and occupational therapy at Saint Louis University:
“The App for smartphones can encourage children with dyslexia to approach reading. Reading has always been considered a skill that you should be able to master. […] My approach focuses primarily on participation. I focus on the popularity level caused by a task rather than on how well you can do it. “
DYSLEXIA: RECOGNIZING IT AND DEAL WITH IT
Dyslexia is a specific learning Disorder (DSA). This disorder is determined by aneurobiological alterations, particularly from a malfunction in the operation of certain groups of cells involved in the recognition of letters-words and their meanings.
Dyslexic children struggle to read a text written, it takes more time and energy and sometimes this may be at the expense of total understanding of what they read. With the result that often come to refuse to read, especially when someone in a loud voice. But with the help of educators and therapists, children with dyslexia can approach to reading and writing activities with excellent results, and increase their self-esteem.
ADVANTAGES OF APPS, TABLETS AND SMARTPHONES
Children with dyslexia will usually not so keen on the activities relating to the reading, and often avoid to take part and to devote oneself to it. But with the latest technological innovations, children with dyslexia have started using tablet and smartphone applications that make reading and writing a lot more fun.
“This is a multisensory approach that makes reading very interactive” – said Grajo – who got his qualification of specialization just studying the difficulties of dyslexia and reading at Harvard University.
“If you ask children with dyslexia to read a book, they will say that it is not successful. But through these applications, the children come with pleasure to read. “ Some of these books have integrated cameras and recorders that engage kids. These applications play an important role in the development of skills related to reading, writing, spelling, study and organizational skills, which also increase self confidence, at school and in front of his teammates.
TIPS FOR EDUCATORS AND PARENTS
Grajo says that parents and teachers should take small steps that could help small newspapers. Rather than ask them to read a book, it would be more useful to involve them in fun activities with pictures and letters. For example, parents can create a scavenger hunt for their children and ask them to read the clues to find the hidden objects.
Another way to encourage children to read is to cook with children: parents can read the recipes with the kids and make the kitchen a fun and challenging activity.
“Through these activities, children read without realizing it: this is the approach of employment.When you realize that you have fun doing something, would you participate more actively and improves its performance “ continued Grajo. Applications and daily activities are therefore a strong basis for the treatment of the disorder, allowing children to develop their own strategies for reading and writing as they begin to appreciate these activities.
“Once they are safe, they feel they can accomplish these tasks without the help of a parent or teacher,” said Grajo.
The Ipad so it is a good ally, great tool habilitation and compensatory (if used by clinical experts in the field), good ally is in the study at home and at school.
A modern approach and fun, which, when used with measure, calibrated to the needs of the boy and integrated with other qualifying methods, allows us to obtain excellent results, including motivation and fun.
La Dott.ssa Anna Guzza is a clinical psychologist-dynamics and education. Formed in diagnoses and treatment of learning disabilities, behavioral and emotional. He founded Space light, Viale Monza 91, Milan.
Today, also responsible for the Amamente Center for the treatment of specific learning disorders like dyslexia and language of children.