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Dyslexia Facts:

About 15% of the student population suffer from dyslexia unfortunately often not getting detected early.

Here are some facts and signs of dyslexia

  • Dyslexia is the most common learning disability. Individuals with this medical condition have difficulty in the areas of language processing.
  • 1 in 5 people suffers from dyslexia.
  • Dyslexia does not reflect an overall defect in language, but a localized weakness within the phonological module of the brain.
  • Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability.
  • Dyslexics often have dysgraphia and dyscalculia.

Dyslexia Symptoms:

  • Difficulties in language skills, reading, spelling, writing, and pronouncing words.
  • Problems with identifying the separate speech sound within a word and/or learning how letters represent those sounds especially in vowels. The most common manifestation is the difficulty in recognizing words.
  • Poor oral reading characterized by the omission reversal of sounds, letters, syllables of words is very common.
  • Dyslexics often have spelling and reading deficits.
  • Often they have a lack of short-term auditory and visual memory.
  • The notion of the reversal of words is wrong.
  • They have difficulties often interpreting between right and left.

Dyslexia Interventions:

Multisensory cognitive enhancement programs and working on the weak cognitive skills
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Early intervention leads to increased performance and strengthening a child’s performance in reading, writing math and, helps increase general learning ability.
Dyslexia includes dysgraphia and dyscalculia.
Dyslexia can also affect a person’s self-image.
Dyslexia affects individuals throughout their lives, however, with appropriate teaching and with the right intervention they can be successful (Famous people with dyslexia)

Assistive Technology:

Provides the tools that offer support and allows independence for dyslexic students.
Often a dyslexic student struggles with reading, writing, spelling, and notetaking. Assistive technology tools help by utilizing spell checks, grammar checks and vocabulary building like word prediction tools.
Some inexpensive apps offer tools to support note-taking that dyslexic students often struggle with.
Students can download from libraries textbooks in audiobooks or digital books, allowing a struggling reader to complete their reading assignments and often those libraries are free. (Book Resources)
For a complete overview of Assistive Technology tools organized by categories. LDRFA.ORG offers grants for free assistive technology tools to dyslexic students. To apply for LDRFA Award program, click here.

What causes dyslexia?

The exact causes of dyslexia are still not completely clear, but anatomical and brain imagery studies show differences in the way the brain of a person with dyslexia develops and functions. If was discovered over 125 years ago. In 1887, a German ophthalmologist, Rudolph Berlin was the first to use the word “Dyslexia” which referred to “difficulty with words”.

Dyslexia is not due to either lack of intelligence or desire to learn; with appropriate teaching methods, students with dyslexia can learn to be successful such as Richard Bronson.