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Published on Nov 19, 2013
On October 26, 2013 Pete Wright was the :45 minute Keynote Speaker at the Decoding Dyslexia Day in Richmond, Virginia. This ten minute video contains portions of that presentation. In 1952, Pete was diagnosed with Strephosymbolia (twisted symbols), the term used by Dr. Samuel T. Orton on July 25, 1925 when he presented his paper about "Word Blindness in School Children" before the American Neurological Association.
In the 1930's Dr. Orton later joined forces with educator and psychologist Anna Gillingham and they created the "Orton-Gillingham Manual: Remedial Training for Children with Specific Disability in Reading, Spelling and Penmanship." It was first published in 1935.
In 1952, using the Orton-Gillingham approach, Diana Hanbury King (www.kildonan.org) began tutoring Peter, an hour a day, every day, after school, how to read, write, spell, and do arithmetic. This continued for two years. Prior to that point, Peter, as a second grader, was completely illiterate. His parents were told that he was "uneducable, and nothing could be done."
For the parent and the educator, this video will give you insight and history into the beginning evolution of the term "dyslexia" and be a step toward understanding its nature.
Dr. Orton's Notebook: Strephosymbolia, which is featured in this video, is available from the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (www.ortonacademy.org)
For more about the legal nature of dyslexia, see our book Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Ed., at page 55.