What is Dyslexia

Dyslexia has a profound effect on children who suffer in trying to meet the everyday challenges of learning. It places tremendous strain on families who have to cope with the task of trying to understand and help their children reach their full potential.

Dyslexic students benefit from further instructional opportunities after school. Alternative learning environments are most effective in facilitating their educational progress.

Dyslexia is a language based learning disability that mainly influences a persons’ ability to read but can affect spelling, writing and speaking.

Dyslexia is with a person for a lifetime. The exact causes are still not clear, but we do know from studies that the brain of a dyslexic person develops and functions differently. Current studies show that 15-20% of the population has dyslexia.

Dyslexia is not due to lack of intelligence or desire to learn. With appropriate teaching methods dyslexics can learn successfully. One of the consequences for a dyslexic student can be the loss of self esteem because they often are at a different academic level than their peers. This can lead to disruptive behaviors which can result in truancy and dropout issues.

Early identification and treatment is the key to helping a dyslexic student achieve. Using a program that pulls apart the basic elements of language at a very slow pace helps students organize and retain the components of reading. The Orton-Gillingham program provides students with the tools they need to succeed.

Please take a moment to think about how difficult your life would be if you could not read a book, fill out a job application, get a drivers license, write a letter or email a friend to tell them how much they mean to you.