Dyslexia…Know the Facts

Dyslexia IS:

  • 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:

  • Rhyming
  • Decoding (sounding out written words)
  • Understanding what they read
  • Learning a foreign language
  • Writing
  • 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.

(Source: Understood.org)