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Part 1 of a 6 Part Series about Dyslexia

Today, I begin a 6 part series of facts about dyslexia. If you have any questions, you can comment here or send me an email at

What is Dyslexia?


–Dyslexia is a learning disability that includes difficulty in the use and processing of linguistic and symbolic codes, alphabetic letters representing speech sounds or numeric representing numbers or quantities.


–The word dyslexia is derived from the Greek word ‘dys’ (meaning poor or inadequate) plus ‘lexis’ (words or language).


–Dyslexia does not reflect an overall defect in language, but, rather, a localized weakness within the phonologic module of the brain. This module is the functional part of the brain where the sounds of language are put together to form words and where words are broken down into sounds.


–Dyslexia is a unique mindset that is often gifted and productive but learns differently than other minds.


–Dyslexia is not the result of neurological damage, but the product of neurological development.

–Dyslexia is a specific reading disability due to a defect in the brain’s processing of graphic symbols. Dyslexia is a learning disability that alters the way the brain processes written material.


–Two commonly held beliefs about dyslexia are that children with it are prone to seeing letters or words backward, and that the problem is linked to intelligence. Both beliefs are incorrect. The problem is a linguistic one, not a visual one, in dyslexia. And dyslexia in no way stems from any lack of intelligence. People with severe dyslexia can be brilliant.


–Dyslexia is a brain-based, genetic trait. We inherited dyslexia and it will likely travel to some of our children.


— About half of parents would rather their children—who are of average or above average intelligence—silently struggle with their learning disability in order to avoid the stigma of Dyslexia.


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