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“Dyslexia”

The word “dyslexia” was coined just over 100 years ago to describe the kinds of problems developing fast and accurate reading and spelling skills that were seen in some otherwise intelligent and capable people.

The word dyslexia is formed from 2 Greek roots:

The prefix “dys” which means “difficult” or “impaired.” and the word

“-lexis”:   which means “word” or “speech.”

Like most common definitions of dyslexia, the term “dyslexia” itself focuses on 2 things:  difficulties, and words.

But is this really accurate? Is this all dyslexia involves? The short answer is “no”. During our series you’ll see both that dyslexia involves strengths as well as difficulties; and that the scope of the things associated with dyslexia is much broader than just the way the brain processes words.

In fact, there is so much more involved in being dyslexic than simply “problems with words” that many people with dyslexia think we need a whole new term for it: one that emphasizes the strengths and not just the challenges. We can’t explore that topic right now, but the main thing I want you to remember as we go forward is not to let the term “dyslexia” limit your thinking about the nature of the dyslexic mind. There’s much more involved in being dyslexic than simply problems with words.

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