Learning to Live With Dyslexia

One in 10 Americans have Dyslexic tendencies, that means problems with reading, comprehending, and spelling often having math and time management issues.

Many teachers use the Davis Dyslexia correction method, created by Ronald Davis who created the program in the mid 90's. The program focuses on correcting Dyslexic tendencies in people eight years old and older. There are some 80 program facilitators nation-wide.

Durign a week long one-on-one program, students start with he alphabet then learn how to put a picture with a sight word. The Dyslexic brain cannot picture certain words like "it" "the" and "that" can throw them off.

Estimates are that as many as 85-percent of illiterates in the U.S. are Dyslexic.

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Dyslexia FAQ

Q: What is dyslexia?
A: Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and / or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction.
Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.
Studies show that individuals with dyslexia process information in a different area of the brain than do non-dyslexics. Many people who are dyslexic are of average to above average intelligence.

Q: Are there other learning disabilities besides dyslexia?
A: Dyscalculia - a mathematical disability in which a person has unusual difficulty solving arithmetic problems and grasping math concepts. Dysgraphia - a neurological-based writing disability in which a person finds it hard to form letters or write within a defined space.

Q: How common are language-based learning disabilities?
A: About 15-20% of the population have a language-based learning disability. Of the students with specific learning disabilities receiving special education services, 70-80% have deficits in reading. Dyslexia is the most common cause of reading, writing and spelling difficulties. Dyslexia affects males and females nearly equally, and people from different ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds as well.

Q: How do people get dyslexia?
A: The causes for dyslexia are neurobiological and genetic. Individuals inherit the genetic links for dyslexia. Chances are that one of the child's parents, grandparents, aunts, or uncles is dyslexic.

Q: Is there a cure for dyslexia?
A: No, dyslexia is not a disease. There is no cure. With proper diagnosis, appropriate instruction, hard work and support from family, teachers, friends, and others, individuals who are dyslexic can succeed in school and later as working adults.

Source: http://www.interdys.org (The International Dyslexia Association Web site) contributed to this report.


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