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Dyslexia

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 growth of vocabulary and background knowledge (Adopted by the International Dyslexia Association Board of Directors, November 12, 2002).

 

According to the Neuhaus Education Center (2016), An individual with dyslexia usually has several, not just one or two, of the characteristics listed below.  These characteristics usually persist over time and interfere with his or her learning. If your child is having difficulties learning to read and you have noted several of these characteristics in your child, he or she may need to be evaluated for dyslexia and/or a related disorder.

Difficulty with oral language

• Late in learning to talk

• Difficulty in pronouncing words

• Difficulty acquiring vocabulary or using age-appropriate grammar

• Difficulty following directions

• Confusion with before/after, right/left, etc.

• Difficulty learning the alphabet, nursery rhymes, or songs

• Difficulty understanding concepts and relationships

• Difficulty with word retrieval or naming problems Difficulty with reading

• Difficulty learning to read

• Difficulty with hearing and manipulating words or counting syllables in words (Phonological Awareness)

• Difficulty distinguishing different sounds in words (Auditory Discrimination)

• Difficulty in learning the sounds of letters

• Difficulty remembering names and/or the order of letters when reading

• "Stumbling" through or guessing at longer words

• Poor reading comprehension during oral or silent reading

• Slow, laborious oral reading

Difficulty with written language

• Trouble putting ideas on paper

• Many spelling mistakes

• Doing well on weekly spelling tests, but continuing to have many spelling mistakes in daily work

• Difficulty in proofreading

• Many spelling mistakes

• Doing well on weekly spelling tests, but continuing to have many spelling mistakes in daily work

• Difficulty in proofreading

If your child exhibits several of these characteristics, please complete this form (click here)

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