Accompanying Conditions  Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a brain-based type of learning disability that specifically impairs a person's ability to read. These individuals typically read at levels significantly lower than expected despite having normal intelligence. Although the disorder varies from person to person, common characteristics among people with dyslexia are difficulty with phonological processing (the manipulation of sounds) and/or rapid visual-verbal responding.

Dyslexia is often referred to as a 'specific learning difficulty', usually with writing and spelling, and sometimes with reading and working with numbers. A dyslexic person may have problems putting things in order, following instructions, and may confuse left and right.

Frequently Asked Questions from the Dyslexia Institute (UK) website.


Articles:
Dyslexia Institute, compilation of articles

The Visual Spatial Learner an article by Linda Silverman, from the Dyslexic Reader.

Vision, Learning and Dyslexia - a Joint Organizational Policy Statement of the American Academy of Optometry and the American Optometric Association

Books:

How to Teach Your Dyslexic Child to Read: A Proven Method for Parents and Teachers
How to Teach Your Dyslexic Child to Read: A Proven Method for Parents and Teachers

 

Helping Your Dyslexic Child : A Guide to Improving Your Child's Reading, Writing, Spelling, Comprehension, and Self-Esteem
Helping Your Dyslexic Child: A Step-By-Step Program for Helping Your Child Improve Reading, Writing, Spelling, Comprehension, and Self-Esteem

 

The Gift of Dyslexia
The Gift of Dyslexia

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Links:
Dyslexia, The Gift - "Join us as we explore the positive talents that give rise to dyslexia, and share our knowledge about the best ways for dyslexic people to learn."

Organizations:
International Dyslexia Organization is "a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with dyslexia, their families and the communities that support them. IDA is the oldest learning disabilities organization in the nation -- founded in 1949 in memory of Dr. Samuel T. Orton, a distinguished neurologist. Throughout our rich history, our goal has been to provide the most comprehensive forum for parents, educators, and researchers to share their experiences, methods, and knowledge."

Support:
Dyslexia Parents Resource is "committed to providing information and advice for parents whose children are, or may be, dyslexic."


Also see Education Station for more information about special education and literacy issues.

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