A Primer on Dyslexia

Most people think of dyslexia as a problem in which people see letters backwards. It is commonly believed that people with dyslexia see “b” as “d” and “was” as “saw.” Decades of research have begun to dispel this myth. People with dyslexia do not see letters backwards. In fact, they see things in the same way as other people. Dyslexia is simply a term used to describe a specific kind of reading difficulty in which children have unexpected difficulty learning to read. This is because they have trouble perceiving differences among sounds and remembering how letters and sound go together. Having dyslexia does not mean that children are not bright or can’t learn; in fact, many children with dyslexia possess above average intelligence.

This Talking & Reading Together article will help you learn the facts about dyslexia, how it is diagnosed, and how it can be treated. In addition, this update provides you with resources, including books for children, books for parents, Web sites, and organizations so that you can learn more about dyslexia.

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Jimmy Kilpatrick, a national recognized professional special education advocate since 1994.

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