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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 […]

Mastery (Part 1)

Many people mistakenly believe that a dyslexic person is someone who can’t read at all, or can’t be taught to decode even a little. Sometimes we’ll hear from teachers: “I’ve been teaching for 30 years and I’ve never seen a student who was dyslexic”. In reality, they’ve almost certainly had several dyslexic students in their […]

20% (Part 1)

When we try to figure out how many people are actually dyslexic, it’s important to recognize that dyslexia isn’t just a matter of “yes or no”, but of “more or less”, and of “what kind”. As we’ve discussed, people with dyslexia show a range of findings, and the number of people who receive formal diagnoses […]

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 […]

Benefits of Dyslexia (Part 2)

In the century and a half since dyslexia was first described many of the greatest experts working on dyslexia have noticed this connection between dyslexic challenges in reading and spelling, and abilities in other areas. That was the topic of our book, The Dyslexic Advantage, and it’s also the topic of a growing number of […]

Range (Part 2)

People with dyslexia show a broad range of traits–both challenges and benefits. They vary in the kind and degree of their dyslexia-associated strengths and challenges; in their processing patterns; in associated conditions like adhd; and in the ways they respond to instruction. That’s why everybody with dyslexia needs to be understood in 2 ways: First, […]

Range (Part 1)

Here’s something about dyslexia that’s very important to understand. Dyslexia is a clinical syndrome: that is, it’s a set of traits that occur together commonly enough to form a distinct and recognizable pattern, but that don’t have a single underlying cause. Dyslexia isn’t caused by a single gene or other source. Instead, dyslexia has many […]

Brain-Based

When we say that dyslexia is “brain-based”, we mean that the processing features that are commonly seen in dyslexia–both the challenges and the strengths–arise from differences in the ways that dyslexic brains are built and function. These differences have nothing to do with being smart or dumb, with trying or not trying, with being diligent […]

“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”:   […]

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 […]