Although dyslexia makes reading, writing, and spelling difficult, most people with dyslexia have gifts in areas controlled by the right hemisphere of the brain. The right side controls:
?3-D visual-spatial skills
?Creative, global thinking
Myth: Dyslexia does not exist
Fact: Dyslexia is one of the most researched and documented conditions that will impact children. Over 30 years of independent, scientific, replicated, published research exists on dyslexia—much of it done through the National Institutes of Health, funded by
taxpayer dollars. Some of that research is quoted on this webpage. Even more research is contained in the books and websites on our More Info page. Take a look at the Dyslexia Fact Sheet published by the International Dyslexia Association.
Myth: Dyslexia is rare
Fact: According to the NIH researchers, in the United States, dyslexia impacts 20% of our population. That's 1 out of every 5 people. But it does come in degrees. Some have it only mildly, some have it moderately, some have it severely, and some have it profoundly.
Very few children with dyslexia are in the special education system. Only 1 in 10 will be eligible for an IEP (when tested in second or third grade) under the category...
...And then, along came son number four. He did not talk much for two and a half years. I thought he was just being lazy because he had myself and three brothers who understood what his different grunts meant and provided for all his need. He started receiving
services in speech therapy as a little guy and continued through kindergarten. He had a great kindergarten year. His teacher didn't mention any deficiencies. But in first grade...his teacher said he was falling behind and she lightened his work load. She didn't
know what was wrong with him, but this time, I did! So I requested that they test him for dyslexia. He was younger than the age the school district normally tested for dyslexia, but since he had a brother in school who was receiving dyslexic services they
agreed to test him. He was the very last one in the school district to be tested. The day before the last day of school, I was called in for a meeting and they gave me the "good" news. He began attending...
My dyslexia journey began eleven years ago, when my second oldest son started Kindergarten. My son's teacher wrote on a paper "You can do better than that". I was appalled! I knew there was something different about him from the time he was three and couldn't
cut with scissors and wouldn't even attempt to draw, but I couldn’t put my finger on what it was. I pulled him out of school and had every intention to homeschool him and let him learn at his own pace, but I had two little ones and a business to run and the
timing wasn't right.
So the next year we put him in the local elementary school. I visited often and found him at age 6 copying off of a fellow student. After having a meeting with the principle, teacher and special education teacher, we decided to retain him (not a beneficial
plan). Since he was being held back, again we pulled him out of school, half way through the year. We hired a tutor to work with him at home, who was a teacher at the school he...