Let me start out by saying that out of our 9 children, 3...possibly 4, of our children have dyslexia. This did not stop our 3rd oldest daughter from going to college where they gave her help for what they call her "disability," nor did it stop her from becoming a Certified Nurses Assistant, a Photographer, as well as a wife & mother. As well, we will not let it stop our younger children who struggle with it on a daily basis, from doing what they want to do too.
What is dyslexia? Dyslexia is a specific developmental disability that alters the way the brain processes written material. According to The International Dyslexia Association (IDA), dyslexia is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. Studies show that individuals with dyslexia process information in a different area of the brain than do non-dyslexics.
There is no single pattern of difficulty that affects every dyslexic person. Dyslexia can cause a variety of issues. I found a wonderful checklist here called 37 Common Characteristics of Dyslexia.
What causes dyslexia?
thought to be an inherited condition. It may be genetic, but how and if it
comes to be varies considerably from individual to individual. Sometimes
dyslexia can be attributed to a wide range of environmental factors, like birth
trauma, problems during pregnancy, brain injuries, infections and toxins.
However, although considerable progress has been made, the exact mechanism that
causes genes to contribute to the multi-faceted dyslexic condition is still
unknown. Research shows dyslexia affects about 10% of the population.
Is there a cure for
According to the Mayo Clinic website, there is no cure
for dyslexia. It's a lifelong condition caused by inherited traits that affect
how your brain works. However, most children with dyslexia can succeed in school
with tutoring or a specialized education program. Emotional support also plays
an important role.
Dyslexia is a medical diagnosis. Therefore, public schools don't test for it
and often don't have programs to address it.
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