What is dyslexia?
"It is an island of weaknesses surrounded by an ocean of strengths"
(Dr. Sally Shaywitz)
Students with dyslexia are at a disadvantage in our school system, especially in the early years, because they are weak in the things that get graded, but have many gifts that don't get graded and often go unnoticed. Nevertheless, they can really shine later in life, when other things like problem solving or creativity matter. Many of the personalities we admire today spent their early school years in special education. Click here to know just a few.
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Know the facts
1. Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability that is neurological in origin and runs in families. It is not a disease, but a difference is how the brain is wired.
2. Dyslexia is not rare. About 1 person in 10 has it and it is the most common cause of reading, writing and spelling difficulties. However, despite the fact that we know a lot about it, not many people get identified.
3. Not every person with dyslexia has the same characteristics, as it ranges from mild to severe. Yet, it is safe to say that the most common feature is the deficit in processing and manipulating individual sounds.
4. People with dyslexia are not dumb, unmotivated or lazy. They are just as intelligent as their peers. They may struggle in some areas but are great in others. As a matter of fact, many successful dyslexic personalities were once school failures.