With a prevalence charge of 20 per cent of any inhabitants dyslexic, an knowledgeable, Dr Adrienne Tikolo, has expressed concern that as much as 90- 95 per cent of Nigerian lecturers have no idea about dyslexia – a neurological situation that makes it troublesome for youngsters to be taught to learn and spell.
As a end result, she mentioned many dyslexic youngsters, whose situation makes them wrestle to learn, comprehend and following directions, underachieve in class and are labelled lazy, cussed or dullards by lecturers who have no idea concerning the situation or tips on how to handle them.
In an interview, Tikolo, who runs Dyslexia Nigeria, a agency that offers with evaluation and administration of dyslexia, mentioned: “I would say about 95 per cent of teachers are unaware of what Dyslexia is and the signs of dyslexia. If you ask them to give you one sign of Dyslexia, they say ‘I don’t know if it is a mental problem.’”
Tikolo mentioned Dyslexic youngsters may be artistic because the situation has nothing to do with intelligence. If they’re supported, she mentioned they’ll develop into profitable professionals like famend physicist, Albert Einstein; and high charge actors like Will Smith, Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Aniston, all of whom are Dyslexic.
On the opposite hand, if not supported, Tikolo mentioned they could undergo psychological well being points, drop out of faculty or get entangled in crime.
She mentioned: “The first danger is that the person cannot achieve his goal and you have different mental health issues that come with that – like depression, anxiety, frustration. There are lots of students that have dropped out of school that had Dyslexia. If you look at abroad, where they have done research, in the U.S., 60 or more percent of those in prison are Dyslexic. I know a number of students that have fallen out of university because they have gone that far but cannot go further, and then they fall into drugs.”
Since its institution two years in the past, Tikolo mentioned Dyslexia Nigeria has made efforts to extend consciousness of the situation in Nigeria. She mentioned the attention stage was so low – ranking it a minus 5 on the size of 1-10, when she began.
She mentioned with help, this class of learners can be taught to beat their challenges. However, she lamented that faculties have been unwilling to coach lecturers even when coaching price is backed.
Underscoring the significance of early detection in Dyslexia administration, Tikolo mentioned screening ought to happen earlier than the kid turns six to get probably the most of interventions.
To tackle the issue of low consciousness and late detection, Mrs Tikolo mentioned authorities ought to embody detection of particular wants part of instructor coaching curriculum and make it obligatory for faculties to conduct common screening for all pupils.
“One of the things the government can say for a teacher to be promoted, for instance, you need eight hours of training in Dyslexia intervention, awareness, and teaching programmes. You need X number of CPD hours in a term in a year, that is one. The government can insist that schools must do the universal screening for students, find out those that are struggling with dyslexia and that policy would work,” she mentioned.
In commemoration of the Dyslexia consciousness month, Tikolo mentioned Dyslexia Nigeria was creating consciousness concerning the situation. The organisation would observe up with a summit tagged “Unmasking Dyslexia” scheduled for November 21, this yr at Radisson Blu Hotel, Ikeja.