A great way to start Dyslexia Awareness Month is to begin by sharing the definition of dyslexia:
One of my favorite Dyslexic Authors, Ben Foss, in his book, “The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan”, gives his definition based on the latest science and his personal experience:
“Dyslexia is a genetic, brain-based characteristic that results in difficulty connecting the sounds of spoken language to written words. It can result in errors in reading or spelling as well as in a number of areas not considered major life activities, such as determining right and left. Individuals who are dyslexic can be highly independent and intelligent. Dyslexia is also characterized by a set of strengths that typically come with this profile in one or more of the following areas: verbal, social, narrative, spatial, kinesthetic, visual, mathematical, or musical skills. Overall, it is characterized by an increased ability to perceive broad patterns and a reduced ability to perceive fine detail in systems.”
Dyslexia is neurological in origin. This meaning, it is not something one can ‘get rid of’, take medicine or have an operation in order to correct. Dyslexia comes with its struggles and frustrations, but it also provides its own unique strengths and characteristics that enable those who have it to be great ‘out-of-the-box’ thinkers. Consider this fact:
You may be wondering if your child’s struggles are caused by dyslexia. How do you know? Where do you start? Here are some great websites where you can find the latest, up-to-date research and information:
The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity categorizes Dyslexia Characteristics here, by age group.
Understood.org is a new online community for parents with children who struggle with a learning difference and/or attention issues. There are also many resources at your finger tips.
Headstrong Nation is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the Dyslexic community.
Almost all 50 states have Decoding Dyslexia parent groups. This grassroots organization for parents works to spread Dyslexia Awareness in schools districts, state legislatures & communities.
We are all looking for a better world. Dyslexia Awareness will help toward a better world for 1 in 5 children.