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Reading (Part 2)

Problems with reading comprehension, while still common in dyslexia, are not quite as common as problems with decoding, word recognition, or fluency. The most characteristically “dyslexic” source of difficulty with reading comprehension would come from having so much trouble identifying the words in a passage that the meaning of the passage becomes jumbled. But comprehension […]

Reading (Part 1)

Dyslexia is usually defined as a disorder of reading; but not all problems with reading are due to dyslexia, and most people with dyslexia don’t struggle with all aspects of reading. The most common and characteristic dyslexia-associated reading problem is learning to decode words quickly and accurately. Difficulty recognizing words that have often been encountered […]

Basic Skills (Part 2)

When thinking about the problems with basic academic skills that people with dyslexia often have, it’s important to recognize that these problems usually don’t stop at the arbitrary boundaries of “reading and spelling” that the diagnosis of dyslexia implies. Many dyslexic people find various “basic skills” aspects of writing difficult, including handwriting, punctuation, capitalization, and […]

Fluent (Part 1)

In the context of reading, the term fluency means the ability to read accurately and quickly. Reading at a certain speed is necessary to grasp the meaning of a text. It’s like riding a bicycle: you have to reach a certain speed to make it work. Don’t ignore fluency. Decoding and fluency are both are […]

20% (Part 2)

As we mentioned in the last video, many non-dyslexic children will learn to read better if they are taught using the dyslexia-friendly approach of phonics instruction. But dyslexia-friendly instruction techniques can benefit most non-dyslexic children not just in the area of reading, but in other areas as well; like learning by doing or experiencing rather […]

Challenges (Part 2)

Reading is a relatively new form of technology–it’s an invented skill. Before reading was invented a mere 5000 years ago, no one had “dyslexia” in the sense of a problem with reading. But 10-20% of us already had dyslexic kinds of minds. Why is this kind of mind so common? Remember our recent message on […]

Signs That An Adult Should Be Screened For Dyslexia

Recently, individuals with dyslexia were surveyed by the non-profit organization Dyslexic Advantage (dyslexicadvantage.org). They found that over half (53%) of their adults respondents had never been adequately tested for dyslexia. 10-20% of English speakers are dyslexic. This suggests that millions of dyslexic adults are unsure (or even completely unaware) of their dyslexia status. Most of […]

Signs You Should Screen Your Child For Dyslexia

The research is clear. The sooner a child is identified as dyslexic and receives the right kind of help, the better that child\’s chances for long-term academic, emotional, and career success. That\’s why in recent years dyslexia experts, educators, advocacy groups, and policy makers have come together to urge that all children be screened for […]

Is My Child Dyslexic? Why Waiting to Test Can Be Harmful

If you think that your child is dyslexic, the sooner you get that child tested the better. Research clearly shows that the sooner children with dyslexia receive appropriate help the better their long-term outcome is likely to be. Just as important, the sooner you and your child understand that being dyslexic doesn\’t mean a person […]