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Trauma and Reading

Posted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:46 pm
by Debbie_Hepplewhite
This is a very important and powerful read. Here is the reality of life chances if children don't learn to read - that is, they are not taught to read:


Trauma and Reading

Posted December 3, 2019

Dr. Steve Dykstra, reprinted with permission


https://www.corelearn.com/trauma-and-reading/



Don Meichenbaum, one of the world’s leading experts on trauma and violence, and one of the most influential mental health professionals of the last century, said one thing is more important to traumatized children than anything else. More important than therapy, more important than social programs, more important than anything else. The research shows that the single most powerful predictor of their ability to overcome the trauma and survive their circumstances is the ability to read. If they can read, they have a chance to find success in school and overcome all those terrible things in their lives. If they can’t, school will only be another source of pain and failure added to all the other sources of pain and failure. If they can read, they can benefit from therapy and everything else we may try to do for them. If they can’t read, all of that is a waste of time.

Re: Trauma and Reading

Posted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:52 pm
by Debbie_Hepplewhite
Dr Steven Dykstra is a member of the IFERI's Advisory Group:

http://iferi.org/dr-steven-dykstra/

Re: Trauma and Reading

Posted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:55 pm
by Debbie_Hepplewhite
Please do spend some time exploring the CORE site:

https://www.corelearn.com/who-we-are/

Re: Trauma and Reading

Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:49 pm
by Geoff Vaughan
An absolutely fascinating article and so true.
In my experience and, possibly in need of really proper research here, there are a significant amount of learners who are suffering from some form of reading trauma. Many learners have developed so many strategies to hide their actually very poor ability to read and have and are suffering hugely on a daily basis throughout their lives.
This is certainly a very important area to continue to face and challenge complacency.