5 Myths and Facts About Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a very widely misunderstood condition.  Odds are, you probably know a few people who are dyslexic.  You may even be dyslexic yourself.  Here are 5 myths and facts about dyslexia that even most teachers are not aware of.

MYTH #1
He can’t have dyslexia because he can read.

FACT:
All children with dyslexia can read up to a point. But auditory processing problems prevent them from hearing all the individual sounds in a word. So they don’t read by sounding out.

Instead, they use alternative strategies: context clues (pictures and a predictable story), the shapes of words, and guessing based on the first letter or two.

But their memories can hold only a limited number of words. So these strategies will fail them by third or fourth grade.

MYTH #2
Dyslexia means you see things backwards.

FACT:
If it were that simple, we could solve the problem by having dyslexic children hold their books in front of a mirror. Research has proven that people with dyslexia do NOT see things backwards.

MYTH #3
Dyslexia is rare.

FACT:
According to the latest dyslexia research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), dyslexia affects 15% to 20% of Americans.

That’s 1 out of every 5 children. Many are very bright and often very creative.

Dyslexia can come by itself or with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD)

MYTH #4
He can read okay. He just can’t spell.

FACT:
A child with severe dyslexia will struggle with reading from the very first day.

But intelligent children with mild-to-moderate dyslexia can find ways around their problem during the first few years in school. They do this by guessing at words due to their context, or shape of the words.

MYTH #5
She can’t have dyslexia. The school tested her and she didn’t qualify for special education.

FACT:
Many schools test only for the purpose of qualifying for accommodations or remediation.  In most cases, only the most severe of dyslexic students will qualify.  A large percentage of children with mild to moderate dyslexia run the risk of falling through the cracks in the school system.

According to NIH research, 80 percent of children with a learning disability actually have dyslexia. Dyslexia is by far the most common learning disability.

Texas schools are ahead of the nation in recognizing dyslexia, but schools still do not have the adequate resources to meet the demand for specialized services for dyslexic students.

Children with dyslexia also have difficulty:

  • Memorizing their address, the alphabet, or their multiplication tables.
  • Learning to tie their shoes — Velcro tie shoes are a temporary solution.
  • Writing some letters or numbers backwards past the end of first grade.
  • Learning to tell time on a clock with hands.
  • Telling left from right. Confusing letter pairs such as b-d, b-p, p-q, or g-j.
  • Saying sounds in the right order in multi-syllable words such as animal, spaghetti
  • Handwriting
  • Writing letters consistently sitting on the lines
  • Odd spacing between their words
  • Tall letters are sometimes written as short ones
  • Punctuation is often left out

Visit www.LearningFoundations.com/dyslexia or CONTACT US right away at (210) 495 – 2626 to answer questions about your loved one’s reading and spelling problems. Get the help you need TODAY and put an end to years of pain and embarrassment.

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