What is dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede the growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.

From the International Dyslexia Association


What might be signs and symptoms?

Parents are often the first to notice a learning problem.

Individuals should be tested by a qualified testing examiner to understand the problems.


What causes dyslexia?

     Reading is complicated.  Many areas in the brain must communicate with each other to read.  The brain must take in, store and process  language information.  When all the areas work together, a person understands and remembers what is read.

     Dyslexia is when some areas in the brain are not communicating properly.  Some individuals need to be taught in very specific ways to help coordinate the language functions to become a successful reader.


Simple Dylexia Screening Tool

Jean Osman and Fay Van Vliet have developed a simple tool to help you recognize some of the signs and symptoms of dyslexia. Click here to begin the Dyslexia Screen .


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