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Does my child have dyslexia?

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 “Far too many children with learning and attention issues are undiagnosed until well into their elementary school years, or even later, at which point they are performing behind their peers and struggling to catch up. Screening students for learning and attention issues — beginning as early as preschool and continuing through early elementary school — can ensure that children have appropriate support and professionals have the tools to better understand and address each child’s needs.” (National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), 2017)

Dyslexia is a language processing disorder that people are born with. It can hinder reading, writing, spelling, and sometimes even speaking. Dyslexia is not a sign of poor intelligence or laziness. It is also not the result of impaired vision. Children and adults with dyslexia simply have a neurological disorder that causes their brains to process and interpret information differently.
Dyslexia occurs among people of all economic and ethnic backgrounds. Often more than one member of a family has dyslexia. According to the National Institute of Child and Human Development, as many as 15-20 percent of Americans have major troubles with reading due to dyslexia. Much of what happens in a classroom is based on reading and writing. So it's important to identify dyslexia as early as possible. Using alternate learning methods, people with dyslexia can achieve success.

Neurobiological in nature, dyslexia is believed to affect up to 20% of the population to varying degrees and is considered the most common language-based learning disability, according to the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity.


Contrary to long-held beliefs, dyslexia is not a matter of seeing letters backward, nor is it a reflection of intelligence. Decades of research and academic studies have shown that dyslexia is a brain-based condition that makes learning to read and write unexpectedly difficult for millions of individuals around the world.

Dyslexia is a highly variable condition, affecting individuals on a continuum of severity. Research and instructional experience have clearly proven that individuals with mild, moderate, and even severe dyslexia can successfully learn to read and write through intensive multisensory structured language (MSL) instruction provided by a skilled educator.

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