Key Information about Inclusion

Dybuster learning systems are all about making education more inclusive. Adapting to every child, it ensures that everyone receives tailored support and works at their own pace. This makes both Orthograph and Calcularis also ideal for children with learning differences such as dyslexia and dyscalculia. Even better, our learning systems are designed for classrooms with pupils who have different levels of spelling and calculus, ensuring that everyone gets the support they need.

This page collates all of the information on dyslexia and dyscalculia that we have gathered over the years and which we feel to be of relevance to users of our software. We hope you find this information useful and that it provides some assistance on your learning difference journey.

The Ideal Classroom

The ideal classroom is a place where students who face unique challenges in their learning process are not segregated, but welcomed among their peers and given the same level of education.

Inclusion uses methods that ensure all learners can access mainstream education. Everyone works to make all learners feel welcome and valued and that they get the right support to help them develop their talents and achieve their goals. When education is truly inclusive it benefits all learners.

This dream often ends up clashing with reality: insufficient staff or budget can often make it impossible for a school to give all students the attention they require.

The use of Dybuster learning systems can ease the strain on the teaching staff and parents by increasing the level of independence of diverse students, bringing the classroom one step closer to being truly inclusive.

Always Adapting To Changing Needs

When we think of an inclusive classroom, the first category that comes to mind is students with learning differences, however, this is only a part of what makes an environment inclusive.

A student who has trouble reading and writing might be dyslexic, but might also be struggling because the material is in their second language, because they have poor eyesight, or because an extremely low-income family situation has affected their education and they are reading far below their grade level. Dybuster software uses multi-sensory interactive strategies to support every user on their learning journey.

When Letters Don't Make Sense

At least one in ten children experience difficulty with reading or spelling, a condition also known as “dyslexia”. This manifests itself in a variety of characteristics and ways. Dyslexia is caused mainly by irregularities in the development of the brain. If particular channels, links and/or areas are under-exercised and not sufficiently mature, the proper assimilation and processing of letters and words is rendered difficult or even completely impossible, and the breakdown of words into their component sounds is often prone to error. What’s important to note is that this difficulty with reading and spelling has nothing to do with intelligence – quite the opposite, in fact, since a number of celebrated scientists throughout history (including Albert Einstein himself) were dyslexia sufferers. The occurrence of dyslexia cannot be attributed to a single cause: as with many other learning difficulties, the causes are diverse and vary from person to person. Multiple factors can promote the development of dyslexia and must also be taken into account in its treatment.

Genetic components
It often occurs that dyslexia is passed along in a family, with parents, relatives and siblings all suffering similar difficulties. The genetic influence is scientifically proven.

Neurological perception disorders
The function of language processing centres in the brain is impaired. Children with dyslexia have been found to exhibit deviating activation patterns in the frontal and temporal lobes in the left-hand side of the brain. This means that centres of the brain required for the processing of language are insufficiently synchronised, while auditory and visual networks are rendered less efficient. Auditory and/or visual perception disorders can also co-occur and can worsen dyslexia by causing problems with gaze control.

Delays in language development
By the time they turn four, most late talkers have closed the gap between themselves and their peers. For those that don’t, dyslexia should be borne in mind as a possible cause of the developmental delay.

Signs Of Dyslexia

When children are first learning how to read and write, they make the same mistakes at varying degrees of frequency. For most children, the mistakes decrease in frequency after a short time and are eventually eliminated altogether. Children with dyslexia, on the other hand, make a significantly greater number of errors than their peers, and the problems persist over a long period of time. What is particularly characteristic of dyslexia is the enormous inconsistency of these errors: it is often difficult to establish regular error patterns, and the errors occur without a common factor or theme.

The following signs can indicate the presence of dyslexia:

General wellbeing

  • …has anxiety about going to school
  • …has anxiety about taking texts
  • …has a negative perception of their own intelligence
  • …is withdrawn
  • …has high expectations that they will fail
  • …displays frustration and a reluctance to try in other subjects
  • …lacks self-confidence
  • …experiences psychosomatic symptoms (tummy ache in the morning)
  • …displays aggressive or depressive behaviour

Doing homework

  • …requires a disproportionate amount of time
  • …quickly becomes tired
  • …is disorganised at home and school
  • …needs a lot of support
  • …wants a parent or other adult to be present
  • …frequently seeks reassurance that their answers are correct
  • …often forgets what is to be done as homework
  • …often gets confused about verbal instructions
  • …has the feeling that they are not getting better, even after lots of practice
  • …reacts sensitively when trying to work, with frequent arguments or tears

Typical spelling and writing mistakes

  • …finds it difficult to tell similar-looking letters apart
  • …finds it difficult to map letters to sounds (phoneme errors)
  • …finds it difficult to break letters down into component sounds
  • …misses out particular letters or parts of words
  • …adds extra letters or parts of words
  • …mixes up the order of the letters within a word
  • …distorts the appearance of letters (writes them as mirror images)
  • …makes frequent errors with upper and lower case
  • …has difficult remembering and applying spelling rules
  • …writes the same word in different ways within the same text, yet is not able to recognise that the word is written differently each time or which version is correct
  • …makes a noticeably large number of grammatical errors
  • …has difficulty using punctuation(«»/ ,/./?/!)
  • …often has illegible handwriting, unable to maintain consistent letter sizing throughout an entire text

Typical reading mistakes

  • …has difficulty breaking words down into syllables orally
  • …exhibits poor rhyming skills
  • …has difficulty recognising beginning, middle and end sounds
  • …mispronounces words or parts of words
  • …leaves out particular letters or parts of words
  • …adds particular letters or parts of words
  • …reads very slowly and deliberately, often taking long pauses between words
  • …skips over punctuation, not leaving a pause for breath
  • …spontaneously replaces letters, syllables and words with other letters, syllables and words
  • …finds it difficult to begin reading out loud; lots of hesitation
  • …often loses their place in the text
  • …swaps words around within a sentence
  • …swaps around letters within a word
  • …has difficulties pronouncing double vowel sounds (dipthongs)

Typical difficulties with comprehension

  • …often finds it difficult to follow written instructions/li>
  • …finds it difficult to formulate statements about reading material in their own words
  • …has difficulties drawing conclusions from reading material or identifying correlations
  • …struggles with questions on the content of texts; often needs to use their general knowledge to answer questions instead of formulating answers from the information they have read.