What is Dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a language based learning difference that may affects as many as 15-20 percent of the population.
Dyslexia is genetic, it runs in families, although two family members may be dyslexic learners and yet not exhibit the same set of struggles.
Dyslexia may impact a variety of language skills such as the ability to:
• Follow directions
• Repeat words in a sequence
• Distinguish all of the sounds within a word
• “Sound out” words
• Read fluently
• Spell correctly
• Write numbers, symbols and letters in the correct order
• Organize and complete written work
• Express ideas in an organized way
• Understand directional cues (left, right confusion)
• Memorize math facts
There are many other skills that may be affected by dyslexia.
At Hope we say learning difference rather than disability. If nearly 1 in 5 people actually learn differently, it is much too common an occurrence for those children to be thought of as in some way “broken”. It is imperative that there be schools that provide such a large segment of the population with a different kind of teaching that will give them the tools to become successful learners.
The good news is that dyslexic learners CAN learn when taught using a research-based, structured, multi-sensory approach.
The following video is a great introduction to dyslexia. Check out our Useful Links page for more.