Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Dyslexia Awareness...

October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month.   As some of you know, our son was diagnosed with dyslexia back in 2012.  He has received one on one tutoring since 2013 at our local Scottish Rites Children's Dyslexia Center.  We are so grateful for the center!  Ruben has worked very hard and recently moved to the fifth and final level of the program.  He has been reading for some time, though it is still not a favorite task.  He is an auditory learner and much prefers me reading to him.  Recently, he started writing for "fun".  Spelling is still a challenge and may always be, but he has come so far!

If you or anyone you know suspects dyslexia, I encourage you to check out Dyslexia 101.

Dyslexia Myth Busters

One common misconception regarding dyslexia is that they read backward or reverse letters.  Many children reverse letters when first beginning to write.  This does not mean they are dyslexic.

Dyslexia only affects boys....FALSE!  Studies have proven that an equal number of boys and girls are affected by dyslexia.  However, boys are more often referred for testing because of their rambunctious behavior.

Dyslexics are lazy, lack intelligence and often perform poorly.  This is totally not true!  Dyslexia is not a cognitive deficiency.  It is neurological and occurs in people of average and above average intelligence.  Folks with dyslexia often are gifted in their field and show higher IQ's. They are typically hardworking in order to compensate for their dyslexia.

For more information regarding dyslexia, check out the International Dyslexia Association's website.

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