October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month. Reading is critical to education, and the more parents, concerned family members, teachers, and others learn about dyslexia, the better equipped they will be to provide guidance and support to anyone, child or adult, who may be challenged by it.
So, first, let’s look at what dyslexia is. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Dyslexia is a learning disorder that involves difficulty reading due to problems identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words (decoding). Also called a reading disability, dyslexia is a result of individual differences in areas of the brain that process language.”
“Dyslexia is not due to problems with intelligence, hearing or vision. Most children with dyslexia can succeed in school with tutoring or a specialized education program. Emotional support also plays an important role.”
“Though there’s no cure for dyslexia, early assessment and intervention result in the best outcome. Sometimes dyslexia goes undiagnosed for years and isn’t recognized until adulthood, but it’s never too late to seek help.”
For further information, visit the Mayo Clinic website.
The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, the Cleveland Clinic, and the National Institute of Health provide a wide variety of resources for parents, grandparents, teachers, and other interested adults. In addition, the Maryland State Department of Education provides an age-based checklist of skills for parents to consult if they have concerns about a child’s reading development.