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What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is considered a learning disability. It’s actually a language processing disorder that makes reading, writing, spelling and occasionally speech, difficult. The dyslexic brain is built and wired differently than the average brain. It’s been shown that the right hemisphere of a dyslexic brain is 25% larger. Yep. Dyslexics are actually GIFTED! That’s why so many creative people and inventors are dyslexic. Although some skills, like reading and writing, are more difficult, dyslexic folks seem to be gifted in a lot of creative areas.

Dyslexia is an inherited condition. If you have dyslexic parents, you have a 50% chance of being dyslexic. If you are dyslexic, your children have a 50% chance of being dyslexic too.

Dyslexia affects people differently. Some children demonstrate speech delays at a very young age, while others are successful in school until about third grade. Although poor reading, writing and spelling are usually indicators, there are many other tell tale signs. Some children have difficulty discriminating their left from their right, they have trouble tying their shoes, telling time and even following sequences.

Many times a dyslexic’s auditory processing skills, processing sounds, are hindered. They may not be able to follow multi-step oral directions or even express themselves clearly.

Abstract ideas and non-literal language can be difficult for them to comprehend. Many need concrete images in order to process the verbal information.

Normally vision and hearing are unaffected by dyslexia, and people with average to genius intelligence can be diagnosed as dyslexic.

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Thanks for your post! I am actually tutoring an dyslexic student right now, so I found it very timely! The misinformation out there about dyslexia is alarming. Thank you for shedding some light on it.
@Sheri, You're welcome. It hurts me to see parents suffer when they're told their child is dyslexic. All they've heard is that it's a Learning Disorder and they're broken. It's wonderful to be able to give them and the child another way to see it. It goes a long way in building rapport with your student as well as building their self esteem. I love telling my kids how much smarter they are than me in those right brain subjects! And they love it too.