- A brain-based issue that makes it hard to learn to read accurately and fluently.
- A lifelong condition. Kids don’t outgrow dyslexia, but with the right support, key skills can improve.
- A common learning issue. Many successful people have it, and researcher have been studying it for over a century.
Dyslexia IS NOT:
- A problem of intelligence. Kids with dyslexia are just as smart as their peers.
- A problem of vision. The core issue involves understanding how the sounds in words are represented by letters.
- A problem of laziness. Kids with dyslexia are already trying hard. They need more help to make progress.
Kids with dyslexia may have trouble with:
- Decoding (sounding out written words)
- Understanding what they read
- Learning a foreign language
- Solving word problems in math
- Recognizing common words
- Reading fluently
Ways to help kids with dyslexia:
- One-on-One multi-sensory structured literacy instruction engages kids through sight, hearing, movement and touch, such as Orton-Gillingham interventions.
- School accommodations help kids learn and show what they know, like doing an oral report instead of a written assignment.
- Assistive technology tools, like audiobooks and text-to-speech apps, can help eval the playing field for struggling readers.