October is Dyslexia Awareness Month


Did you know that October is Dyslexia Awareness Month? As a former elementary school teacher, I know that recognizing the signs of dyslexia is very important. I also know that receiving a dyslexia diagnosis can be very challenging and difficult to understand. So let’s dive in. What is dyslexia?

“Dyslexia is a brain-based type of learning disability that specifically impairs a person’s ability to read.” Dyslexia can show up differently for each individual. Some may have difficulty with speech or spelling while others may struggle with comprehension. It is easy to misdiagnose as well. Often times students are unable to keep up in class or may act out because of frustration. Sometimes these kids may be labeled as lazy or receive poor grades and effort marks however there may be an underlying problem. By recognizing the signs, receiving the proper diagnosis, and providing adequate support, students with dyslexia can learn to read and be successful. 

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Understanding Dyslexia 

A person with Dyslexia might:

  • Read and write slowly
  • Have poor spelling
  • Confuse the order of words 
  • Have difficulty following a sequence of directions
  • Struggle with organization

“Research indicates that dyslexia has no relationship to intelligence. Individuals with dyslexia are neither more nor less intelligent than the general population. But some say the way individuals with dyslexia think can actually be an asset in achieving success.” 

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Public school settings do not always have enough teachers that are trained to work with certain disabilities. This brings on the topic of social income gaps. Schools in lower-income areas may not have the same resources as schools in better neighborhoods. Sometimes private schools are better equipped to educate students with dyslexia. Scholarships or assistance may be available. 

There are lots of famous people that have dyslexia including Jennifer Aniston, Walt Disney, Richard Branson, Whoopi Goldberg, Octavia Spencer, and Steven Spielberg. It may be hard at first but don’t let a diagnosis stop you or your children from living a successful life. 

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Dyslexia can also be hereditary. The most common cause of this neurological condition is genetics. So this means that dyslexia can often run in families. If you are wondering if you or your child is dyslexic you can take this test to help you discover if you have this condition.

To learn more about dyslexia and how you can participate in Dyslexia Awareness Month please visit the International Dyslexic Association.