Dyslexia is a genetic variation in the brain, which makes reading, writing, spelling and sometimes math difficult despite having normal intelligence (and often times very high intelligence). Many families struggle for years trying a variety of programs to help their child. Often times, little progress is made, as children do not outgrow dyslexia.
- At least 1 in 5 people can’t read or spell well because of dyslexia.
- Dyslexia means difficulty with words. People with dyslexia have trouble learning to read, write and spell, despite having average to above average intelligence.
- Although people with dyslexia struggle with schoolwork, they may excel in science, sports, music, and art.
- Students as young as 5 ½ years old can be screened for dyslexia.
Dyslexia is a neurological condition caused by a different wiring of the brain., often familial, disorder which interferes with the acquisition and processing of language. There is no cure for dyslexia and individuals with this condition must learn coping strategies. Research indicates that dyslexia has no relationship to intelligence. Individuals with dyslexia are neither more nor less intelligent than the general population. But some say the way individuals with dyslexia think can actually be an asset in achieving success.
Varying in degrees of severity, it is manifested by difficulties in receptive and expressive language, including phonological processing, in reading, writing, spelling, handwriting, and sometimes in arithmetic.
Dyslexia is not the result of lack of motivation, sensory impairment, inadequate instructional or environmental opportunities, or other limiting conditions, but may occur together with these conditions.
In public school settings where many teachers are not knowledgeable about this condition, students with dyslexia may be considered stupid or lazy. Parents who have children diagnosed with dyslexia should seek out reading instruction that is based upon a systematic and explicit understanding of language structure, including phonics. This reading instruction is the method we use at Pearl Reading Centre to aid our students.
Definition from the International Dyslexia Association.
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