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WHAT IS DYSLEXIA?

The International Dyslexia Association defines dyslexia as “a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It 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.” 

 

Dyslexia is not a result of low Intelligence

Dyslexia is a neurological difference, most commonly characterized by difficulties with learning to read, write and spell. Dyslexia is NOT an intellectual disability. While the cause is not entirely known, it occurs in approximately 20% of people, and at all levels of intelligence, average, above average, and highly gifted. Dyslexic thinkers are not incapable of improving literacy skills. In fact, some of our greatest entrepreneurs, storytellers, innovators, and scientists throughout history are or were dyslexic. 

Dyslexic thinkers just need to learn differently than typical readers. It's our responsibility as parents and educators to support dyslexic learners both academically and emotionally as they grow into the amazing humans they were meant to be. We encourage you to think differently about Dyslexia and show your support for Dyslexia initiatives. 

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PODCASTS

Check out episode 4 of the Hope Matrix podcast featuring Jamie Kelly, Founder of  SupportDyslexia.Org premiering, on Tuesday, November 10th, as she discusses the importance of teaching the tools to handle the stressful and emotional needs of learning differences.

5 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT DYSLEXIA

1. People with dyslexia are often more creative

Dyslexia is not related to low intelligence. Children and adults with dyslexia are often highly creative.

2. Dyslexia is highly hereditary

Dyslexia is not related to low intelligence. Children and adults with dyslexia are often highly creative.

3. Dyslexia is very common

1 in 5 people have dyslexia. Approximately 70-80% of children are placed in special education classes because of dyslexia. However,  people with dyslexia often have an average to high intelligence.

4. The symptoms of dyslexia aren’t always what you think

It is often thought that people with dyslexia see words and letters backwards, however this is not a sure sign of dyslexia. Many children reverse their letters when learning to write whether or not they have dyslexia. There are many symptoms of dyslexia and a person will often only exhibit a handful of them.

5. Dyslexia is not a disease

Dyslexia can sometimes make it difficult for a person to learn in the traditional sense. But it is not a “disease” or something that needs a “cure”. There are many ways to effectively teach people with dyslexia by catering to that person’s strengths and needs.

FAVORITE SITES & RESOURCES

We encourage you to learn more about Dyslexia by checking out some of our favorite sites and resources.

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