Dyslexia is one of the most prevalent language-based learning disabilities and it affects as many as 1 in 5 Americans. That means up to 20% of students in every classroom are struggling to learn how to read and write.
Dyslexia is a brain-based learning disability that affects an individual’s ability to read and process language. Undiagnosed cases of dyslexia can be detrimental to a young person’s learning, development, and especially their self-confidence. The failure to identify dyslexia early on can create an achievement gap between dyslexic readers and their peers as early as 1st grade.
A young child with dyslexia may:
- Have trouble learning simple rhymes
- Be speech delayed
- Have a hard time following directions
- Have difficulty with short words; repeat or leave out words like and, the, but
- Have trouble differentiating left from right
In school, kids with dyslexia are likely to:
- Have significant difficulty learning to read, including trouble sounding out new words and counting the number of syllables in words
- Continue to reverse letters and numbers when reading after most kids have stopped doing that, around the age of 8
- Struggle with taking notes and copying down words from the board
- Have difficulty rhyming, associating sounds with letters, and sequencing and ordering sounds