About Dyslexia

Did you know that nearly 20% of our population has dyslexia?

This means that in a classroom of 30 children, 6 have some form of dyslexia.

Many of these children do not realize they have dyslexia until much later in life.

What is dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that you are born with.

Dyslexia runs in families.

Dyslexia is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition, poor spelling and decoding abilities.

Dyslexia can be treated with appropriate intervention although it can never be cured.

How do I know if my child has dyslexia?

There are many possible signs that your child may have dyslexia. Some of them include:

  • Difficulty pronouncing words
  • Difficulty learning the sounds of letters
  • Misreading or leaving out common short words
  • Difficulty putting ideas on paper
  • Many spelling mistakes
  • Difficulty with rote memorization (math facts, days of the week/month)
  • Difficulty with verbal communication

Resources

  • To learn more about dyslexia, go to www.interdys.org/FactSheets.htm. These Fact Sheets are created by the International Dyslexia Association.
  • Another resource that gives more information is www.explore1in5.org. This website is a great way for individuals to connect with others who have dyslexia. Learn about the YES! program, this stands for Youth Examples of Self Advocacy.