Dyslexia is the most common learning disability affecting up to 10% of the population; yet misconceptions and myths run rampant. We have all heard them at some point. A common example is that dyslexic children are not smart and have lower IQ, or dyslexic people can’t read.
What many people may not know about dyslexia:
- Dyslexia can vary from mild to extreme and can affect spoken, and written language comprehension. So two dyslexic students may require different levels of assistance and attention.
- There is no relationship between IQ, success and dyslexia. In fact, not only can dyslexic people be incredibly smart, but many have become incredibly successful. Examples include scientists like Albert Einstein, entertainers like John Lennon, authors like Anne Rice, and many more.
- Dyslexic individuals can sometimes be gifted in other areas such as puzzle and problem solving, and may even have a larger spoken vocabulary than is typical for their age.
- A dyslexic child may be able to read but due to difficulties in breaking down unfamiliar words into component sound and letter segments, they are slower at reading and may face higher error rates reading these words.
Early diagnosis and early intervention is critical to improving the a dyslexic child’s academic and life outcome.
Find out how you can learn more about Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, and other common learning disorders like Autism Spectrum Disorders. College of Allied Educators offers our Diploma in Learning Disorders Management & Child Psychology programme to help you understand your child or the child in your care to more effectively help in their learning and development.
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