October is recognized worldwide as Dyslexia Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness, share resources, and tell stories about dyslexia successes.
Most children with dyslexia have normal vision and are just as smart as their peers, but they struggle in school because it takes them longer to read. Their brain can make it difficult to process words and can also make it hard for students to spell, write, and speak clearly.
What Is Dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a language-based learning disorder that affects someone's ability to read, spell, write, and speak, and often mix up words. Children with dyslexia are often smart and hardworking, but typically have trouble making connections with the letters they see and the sounds those letters make. Dyslexia is genetic and often runs in families.
Many students with dyslexia have strengths in creative thinking and problem solving and, at the same time, have specific challenges in the areas of reading, writing, and spelling. For many students with dyslexia, the greatest challenges are in the early school years when students are learning to read.
5 Facts About Dyslexia
5% to 10% of Americans have some symptoms of dyslexia
Many adults are diagnosed with dyslexia later in life
A child's dyslexia diagnosis often leads to a parent or sibling being diagnosed
Many children with dyslexia successfully go on to college
Many famous, successful people have dyslexia including Steven Spielberg, Tim Tebow, Jennifer Anniston, Whoopi Goldberg and Magic Johnson; as well as presidents George Washington and Woodrow Wilson.
What To Do If Your Child Has Dyslexia
Here is what you should do if your child is diagnosed with dyslexia:
Secure a comprehensive psychological or neuropsychological evaluation to understand your child’s abilities and needs. Be your child’s biggest advocate.
Work closely with your child’s school.
Be your child’s biggest advocate.
Keep learning fun.
Reach out to a special education attorney or advocate to understand your legal rights if your child’s learning needs are not being met.
Special Education Lawyer Adam Dayan
The Law Offices of Adam Dayan was started in 2009 to represent families of children with special needs and help them to pursue the rights and protections to which they are entitled.
Do you have a child with dyslexia or other special needs? Please call us today at (646) 866-7157 for a consultation.