Larry D. Silver, M.D.: Author

Larry Silver knows only too well the difficulties students with dyslexia face in the classroom, and the long-term effect those difficulties can have.

If an individual’s learning disabilities are not identified and addressed, the student will underachieve and possibly fail. Even if this student manages to get out of high school, his or her educational weaknesses may limit future job/career and educational opportunities. The individual’s future potential may be less than the original potential might have allowed. This adult might struggle with a poor self-image and low self-esteem.

He advises teacher and parents on how they can help the struggling child.

If you see students struggling, don’t blame them (too lazy, unmotivated, needs to try harder). Take the time to try to understand why there is a problem. If needed, pull in your school professionals to observe and to
assess. Veronica could not read, write, spell, or do math. If you have students with difficulties like Veronica, don’t let them live the life she did. Act.