Intriguing Facts About Dyslexia

Do you have a child with dyslexia? If so, you're probably confused and upset a lot of the time. It's no wonder, because these kids are bright, verbal, and such a joy to be around. Until it comes time to read!

At any rate, I put together a list of "dyslexia facts" for you. I hope you enjoy!

  • Dyslexia is a neurological language processing disorder.

  • This condition is not rare and affects 20% of the population.

  • Children with dyslexia require unique strategies in order to read effectively.

  • These kids respond best to a multi-sensory, Orton-Gillingham-based reading system.

  • Auditory and visual processing skills are compromised in children with dyslexia.

  • Spelling is the biggest indicator of dyslexia – not reading.

  • There is a crossover between dyslexia and ADD/ADHD and many kids are misdiagnosed as having ADD/ADHD when they have dyslexia.

  • Warning signs of dyslexia can show up in toddlers.

  • Dyslexia does not go away on its own. Some kids learn to power through it but unless specific interventions are used, the symptoms of dyslexia persist.

  • There is a huge genetic component to dyslexia.

  • People with dyslexia are intelligent and often quite verbal and spatially gifted.

  • If you have dyslexia, learning a foreign or second language will be difficult.

  • Students with dyslexia have a difficult time with directionality. (left, right, up, down, etc.) This is why b’s and d’s are so difficult.

  • People with dyslexia have unique and different brain structures than others. This doesn’t mean they are dumb or stupid – it means they learn differently because of this.

  • Kids with dyslexia will usually have a difficult time memorizing visual and auditory information. Until these modalities of learning are strengthened, they shouldn’t be asked to do rote memorization.

  • Most schools, although required by law to do so, will not test or treat dyslexia.

Having a child read more and for longer periods of time will do nothing to help with dyslexia. Reading interventions that use the same tactics as those that didn’t work all day will do nothing to help the student learn to read.

  • Dyslexia can tear families apart.

  • Kids with dyslexia have a difficult time decoding words and rely on guessing to read

  • Students with dyslexia can read a word in a passage and then not know that same word in a subsequent passage read.

  • Dyslexia can affect handwriting and math, too.

  • If a child is still reversing letters and numbers after one full year of instruction, then it most likely is dyslexia.

  • Telling a child with dyslexia to try harder does nothing except stress that child out.

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