Does your child have a reading disability?
Does your child struggle with reading fluency and/or spelling?
Does your child have trouble keeping up with homework?
Does your child have difficulty remembering how to read and spell words they have seen many times?
Does your child struggle with reading comprehension?
Is your child progressing slower than expected despite receiving additional support?
Does your child struggle or avoid writing assignments?
- Dyslexia is a brain wiring difference that affects about 20% of the population
- Dyslexia is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling abilities
- Dyslexia is the most common cause of reading, writing and spelling difficulties
- People with dyslexia are REALLY smart!
- Having a relative with dyslexia significantly increases your risk
- A lot of adults with dyslexia are not diagnosed until they see their children struggle with literacy development and they become more aware of the genetic influences.
- Dyslexia affects males and females nearly equally, as well as people from different ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds
- Dyslexia is not the result of low IQ, poor motivation, or lack of instruction
- Dyslexia can range from mild to severe and it affects each individual quite differently
- Dyslexia is life-long. Although individuals show improvement with intervention, they will likely always have some level of difficulty with reading and spelling
- Dyslexia is not a problem of vision; people with dyslexia do not “see backward.”
Dyslexia Warning Signs
- Delays in meeting early speech milestones
- History of speech sound errors and sound sequencing errors e.g. says “bakset” for “basket”
- Has trouble recalling vocabulary and uses nonspecific vocabulary when speaking “things”, “stuff”
- Has difficulty with the concept of rhyme generation (tell me a word that rhymes with cat)
- Has difficulty learning the names of letters, colors, and numbers despite frequent practice opportunities.
- Has difficulty remembering familiar songs and nursery rhymes
- Has difficulty remembering directions and details from stories
Early Elementary School
- Has difficulty recognizing and spelling common sight words despite frequent practice opportunities
- Has trouble remembering the sounds that individual letters and letter combinations make (ch, th, sh)
- Misreads words when reading (was/saw, is/as, left/felt, house/home, of/off)
- Has trouble with letter and number directionality when writing
- Has trouble with rapid recall of math facts
- Relies on context and picture clues when reading
- Has trouble recalling details when reading
- Enjoys being read to but dislikes reading on own
- Avoids writing and may have poor or awkward pencil grip
- Mixes upper case and lower case when writing, has poor spacing and sizing of letters
- Difficulty with reading and/or spelling seems unexpected relative to other strengths