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dyslexia and the church; dyslexia and the Bible; dyslexia and God | Reformed Biblical Coaching

January 9, 2017

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The Church’s Ministry is Helping People Read and Understand the Word of God. 1. Since the church is eager to have people read the Word of God we must also be earnest in helping people better read God’s infallible word; 2. Many troubled readers report that they will not attend Bible Studies because of fears of having to read the Bible out loud in front of others so it is incumbent upon the church to remove this barrier and alleviate this anxiety; The Church’s Ministry is to Alleviate Human Suffering in the name of Jesus Christ and in the tradition of the Good Samaritan. 3. There are many myths about dyslexia and Christians—who are children of the light (Ephesians 5:8-10)—should be equipped with accurate knowledge to dispel the many untruths associated with this matter; 4. Reading deficiencies among youth contribute to societal woes such as the high amount of high school dropouts,[3] large cadre of substance abusers[4] and the increase of juvenile delinquency;[5] The Church’s Ministry is Proclaiming and Defending the Gospel of Christ. 5. Dyslexia is not just an American problem because it is extensive throughout all languages, cultures and genders so the church should recognize the missionary implications in this issue; 6. Some cults demonstrate aggressive recruiting tactics for those with dyslexia oftentimes offering unrealistic and unsubstantiated cures; The Church’s Ministry is Educating Christians in the Whole Counsel of God. 7. The Bible contains wisdom to deal with this problem but as of this date no comprehensive work has been developed that expounds the relevant Bible passages that address this area; 8. Equipping the dyslexic to serve God with their challenges and strengths should be addressed explicitly by the church’s Christian education department; 9. The grace of dyslexia could prod the church to create more effective discipleship programs. Providentially, the local church is well suited to help equip the dyslexic with effective tools for learning to read better. Christian Institutions of education (SundaySchools,PrivateChristianSchools and Colleges/Universities and Seminaries) will benefit from understanding how researched based reading instruction will yield effective results in the lives of many students; 10. God loves the troubled reader and so should we. For me the dyslexic’s prayer might be best expressed by King David in Psalm 119: 64 where he asks God, “The earth is filled with your love, O Lord; teach me to read your decrees (emphasis added).” Description of the Problem of Dyslexia The International Dyslexia Association’s formal definition of dyslexia is: Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instructions. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.[6] This means that dyslexia is not any one of the following:[7] Dyslexia is not primarily a visual problem; it is a language based problem. Dyslexia does not mean seeing things backwards and is not necessarily indicated by reversal of letters or words. If you think dyslexia means “reading backwards” you have it backwards. Dyslexia or reading disability occurs in people of all levels of intelligence, not just the intellectually gifted. Both boys and girls, left-handers and right-handers, rich and poor are affected with dyslexia. A developmental lag. Dyslexia is life long and not outgrown. Due to laziness. Dyslexics have to work much harder than most to achieve the same academic result. Responsive to standard classroom teaching. Research studies show that reading gains are minimal even in special education classes.




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