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Understanding Dyslexia

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


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