by Deirdre Wilson
October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month. Between 15 and 35 million American kids and adults struggle with this language-based learning disability. Students with dyslexia have trouble with reading, spelling (letters are often mixed up), writing and even pronouncing words. A child with dyslexia may learn early reading and spelling skills early on with a good teacher, but she’ll likely experience bigger problems in later school years – particularly when correct grammar, understanding textbook material and essay writing are required.
The earlier dyslexia is identified and specialized instruction has begun, the better. Check out the International Dyslexia Association website at interdys.org for ongoing research and advocacy, referrals for treatment and more. And learn more about early symptoms in our article at parenthood.com/article-topics/identifying_dyslexia.html.
– Deirdre Wilson