Did you know that nearly 15% of our population has dyslexia?
This means that in a classroom of 30 children, 5 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
- 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.