Self Esteem and Dyslexia

Category: What is it?

How does dyslexia affect our learners?

By Julia Hewerdine

 

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What is the affective domain:

This domain includes anxiety, expectations, beliefs, attributions, self-esteem and self-concept. These are factors that are difficult to measure, but that does not diminish their capacity to influence learning.

As learners get older, self-esteem or lack of it becomes increasingly important. 

Lack of understanding of the nature of their difficulties, both by the learner themselves and by others around them can lead to depression or frustration often expressed as anti-social behaviour. Some learners find that these frustrations have led to serious problems.

Someone with dyslexia also has to cope with the fact that they don’t know why it is happening to them. They tend to blame themselves when things go wrong, for instance they turn up late to a meeting, or have disorganised homework, unaware of the role dyslexia may be playing in this.

When we work with older learners we do have to spend some time talking about the nature and effects of dyslexia, as there is a link between self-esteem and the ability to learn effectively.

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