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What is dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that 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 instruction.  Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.

Signs of Dyslexia

Common signs of dyslexia in children grades 3-8 include having difficulty with the following:

  • Understanding instructions or directions
  • Pronouncing words correctly
  • Reading words and letters in the correct order, frequently reversing or skipping over them
  • Mastering spelling rules
  • Spelling the same word consistently and correctly
  • Proofreading and correcting self-generated work
  • Learning/remembering new skills (relying heavily on memorization)

Dyslexia Evaluation

We emphasize the importance of early identification of dyslexia and provide dyslexia evaluation services to assist in the detection of this learning disability.

Did you know?

Dyslexia is the most common learning disability. Individuals with this medical condition have difficulty in the areas of language processing.

Those with dyslexia use only the right side of the brain to process language, while non-dyslexics use three areas on the left side of the brain to process language.

People with dyslexia are usually more creative and have a higher level of intelligence.

Dyslexia ranges from mild to severe. Around 40% of people with dyslexia also have ADHD. And those with dyslexia use about 5 times more energy to complete mental tasks.

Dyslexics do not “see” words backwards. The “b-d” letter reversal for example is mainly caused by deficits in interpreting left and right.

1 in 5 people suffer from dyslexia.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 15% of the population has dyslexia.

Children have a 50% chance of having dyslexia if one parent has it. And a 100% chance if both parents have it.

Dyslexia does not reflect an overall defect in language, but a localized weakness within the phonologic module of the brain (where sounds of language are put together to form words or break words down into sounds).

About 70 to 85% of children who are placed in special education for learning disabilities are dyslexic.

Dyslexia is not a disease so there is no cure. It’s a learning disability that includes difficulty in the use/processing of linguistic and symbolic codes, alphabetic letters representing speech sounds or number and quantities.

You definitely know these dyslexics.

Tom Cruise
Whoopi Goldberg
Steve Jobs
Walt Disney
Thomas Edison