In a survey conducted by Dr. Barbara Matalon in collaboration with the World Bank, it was found that an estimated 17% of the island’s population had a variation of a learning disability. 15-20% of the population, or one in every five students, has a language-based learning disability that may include problems with listening, reasoning, speaking, reading, writing and maths calculations and problem solving. Dyslexia is the most common of these language-based learning difficulties, accounting for 70-80% of people with poor reading skills.
‘Sad. Stupid. Helpless. Lost.’
When a child has difficulty learning and ‘can’t be taught’, they experience a myriad of emotions. But what if we can help them to learn? And at the same time, build their confidence?
Fortunately, research shows that when students are taught by teachers who are trained in early dyslexia identification and subsequent intervention, 90% of dyslexic students can be educated in regular classrooms.
‘Happy. Bright. Eager. Enlightened.’
That was how one child felt after his experience with the Lindamood-Bell programme – and his teachers were as excited as he was. They wanted to know how they could help other students; and this was enough for Mandy Melville to want to help improve our local education system.
In a few months, Mandy went from a regular mother of two, to the local Lindamood-Bell champion – persuading the international organisation to lend itself and staff to the newly founded initiative – Creative Language-Based Learning.