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Dyslexia: Busting the Myths

Last updated 6 years ago

Dyslexia is a condition in which a person’s brain has trouble making connections between letters and sounds; this results in difficulty with reading and spelling. While dyslexia is a fairly common problem among adults and children from all backgrounds, there are several myths that exist about dyslexia.

Individuals with Dyslexia Cannot Read

It is commonly assumed that those with dyslexia find it impossible to read. On the contrary, many individuals with dyslexia are able to learn to read, and often find reading enjoyable. However, learning to read often requires specific instruction, and reading fluency continues to be an effort for those with dyslexia throughout their lives.

Dyslexia is a Visual Disorder

Some people assume that dyslexia is a visual problem that causes a person to reverse letters as they are read or written. However, many students reverse letters when they are learning to write and some individuals with dyslexia may have no difficulty writing letters correctly.

Only Boys Can be Dyslexic

This long-standing myth has no basis in fact. Both boys and girls can be affected by dyslexia, though boys may be referred to reading programs where dyslexia is identified more often than with girls, due to classroom behavior.

Dyslexia is Associated with Low Intelligence

There is a myth that smart people cannot be dyslexic and that only those with low intelligence are affected by the condition. However, dyslexia is found in individuals at all intelligence levels, including above average. A related myth is that those with dyslexia cannot succeed in school, but many motivated students with dyslexia are able to perform well throughout their school careers.

Dyslexia Can be Outgrown

The fact that many individuals learn techniques to help deal with the difficulties caused by dyslexia as they grow older has produced the myth that dyslexia can be outgrown. Dyslexia continues to affect individuals through childhood and adulthood.

The experts at the Literacy and Language Center utilize multi-sensory teaching methods to help students with dyslexia learn to read and spell effectively. To learn more about dyslexia and the learning programs available, call the Literacy and Language Center today at (415) 242-1205.


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