Authors: Vijayaletchumy Subramaniam , Nadia Shuhada Abdan Nasir.
Article: Multisensory Therapy in Letter Reversal of Dyslexic Pupils.
Publication: University Journal of Educational Research (Horizon Research). 2020
This research is conducted to examine the problem of letters reversal among dyslexic pupils. The purpose of this study is to describe the multisensory therapy to solve the problem. The study sample consisted of ten dyslexic pupils from Malaysia Dyslexia Association at Ampang, Kuala Lumpur who have serious letters reversal problems. In this study, the researcher limited the problem to reversal of letters of similar shape, namely /b/, /d/, /p/, /q/, /m/, /w/, /n/ and /u/ based on Levinson’s Dyslexia Theory Syndrome (1994). In addition, a multisensory approach is used to solve the problem. This research uses observation, interviews and questionnaires methods. The research tools used are questionnaires and field notes. The results show that all the subjects in this study had the letter reversal problem of the eight letters, but the types of the letters that were reversed are different depending on the individuals. To solve this problem, the researchers developed ten therapies using multisensory approach and found that all of the therapies were able to solve the problem of letters reversal among the subjects. Through this research, teachers and parents can know the type of letters reversal among dyslexic pupils. This study also helps educators and parents plan appropriate and effective activities in solving the problem of the letters reversal that faced by their pupils and their children.
However, the research by Majeda Al Sayeed Obaid (2013) differed in opinion from Sharifah Nawirdah Syed Hassan (2016). She views that using traditional methods such as multisensory methods are not able to completely solve learning problems faced by dyslexic children. According to her, multisensory methods are not able to explain certain symptoms that can classify a child as dyslexic. She put forward a learning technique using the Davis Dyslexia Correction Programme for dyslexic children. The findings of the research showed that Davis Dyslexia Correction Programme gave a positive impact in forming reading and spelling skills in children afflicted with dyslexia. This is due to the fact that the focus is given towards an individual’s strength in helping them to improve their skills.