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Information About Dyslexia
What is Dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in orgin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities.
Primary Reading and Spelling Characteristics of Dyslexia
*Difficulty reading real words in isolation.
*Difficulty accurately decoding nonsense words.
*Difficulty learning to spell.
Secondary Consequences of Dyslexia May Include...
*Variable difficulty with reading comprehension.
*Variable difficulty with written composition.
*Limited amount of time spent in reading activities.
You Will Also See…
*Success in the absence of print. The child can do great work orally but has a difficult time when looking at print (reading and writing.)
*Unexpected performance – The child has an average or above average IQ but does not perform at that level.
Facts About Dyslexia/Dyslexics
*Dyslexia is neurological. It occurs in the brain.
*It is hereditary.
*It occurs in all languages and all races and equally among boys and girls.
*A person who is dyslexic will always be dyslexic but can learn ways to successfullly function in school and society.
*Dyslexics have average to above average intelligence.
*Dyslexics tend to be gifted in areas in which minimal print is required. (drama, sports, art, engineering, music, electronics, physics, etc.)
*It is often mistaken for laziness.
*A high percentage of dyslexics also have ADHD.