Who is Dyslexic?

 

  • 10 to 15 % American men and women (no record of Canadian accurate data)

  • Some may have severe problems in several areas: reading, spelling, remembering, listening and sequencing

  • Occurs among all groups of the population, from young children to adults

  • Not related to race, age or income

  • Some may have gone undiagnosed

  • Some are highly intelligent and with proper remediation, many may go on to become successful in their careers

 

What Causes Dyslexia?

 

  • Results from differences within the organization of the brain

  • Are born with this condition and it has a tendency to run in families

 

If We Suspect Dyslexia, What Should We do?

 

Find someone who can provide appropriate help:

  • Who has the ability to test the oral and written, expressive and receptive language skills in oral reading, spelling,  vocabulary, comprehension, handwriting, and composition

 

Parents should expect that the diagnosis will be followed by a report that includes a recommendation of the appropriate plan

 

What Can be Done about Dyslexia?

 

The good news is that with proper remediation, appropriate teaching to learning how to read approach and hard work, individuals with dyslexia can lead to successful and productive lives.

 

 

Parents should look for someone who is knowledgeable about and sympathetic to learning differences-a professional who will work with the student to ensure that their child’s program should help him reach his maximum potential. 

 

From: Basic Facts About Dyslexia by: Wilkins, A,  Garside A

 

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