We now know that 1 in 5 people struggles with some degree of dyslexia. Dyslexia is a learning style in which a person has difficulty reading the words on a page. Dyslexia has nothing to do with intelligence. Many very bright and successful people have dyslexia. Dyslexia is different from difficulties in reading comprehension. People who have dyslexia understand content when it is read to them. It is the act of decoding words on the page that causes them difficulty. People who have dyslexia very often also struggle with spelling.
Scientists and educators have learned a great deal about the dyslexic brain. We now know why some people struggle to learn to read using traditional methods. Fortunately, we also know which teaching methods are effective for the dyslexic learner. Using these methods, dyslexic children and adults are empowered to become successful readers, writers, and spellers. If you or a loved one are facing this struggle, please read on for more information on the services and support Close the Gap Reading can provide.
Reading Does Not Have To Be So Hard For Your Child
It is often said that "Children learn to read by 3rd grade, and after that they read to learn." If your child is not an accurate, confident, and fluent reader by the end of 2nd grade, interventions outside the public school system may be necessary.
Could It Be Dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a weakness in processing the basic building blocks of language, which are called phonemes. The English language consists of just 44 phonemes. These phonemes are combined to produce the tens of thousands of words in the English language. Dyslexic children and adults have difficulty recognizing and manipulating these phonemes to accurately read and spell words.
What Is The Next Step?
Children and adults who struggle to learn to read and spell often need direct, systematic, and explicit instruction. When they are given this instruction, they overcome their difficulties and become accurate, effective, fluent, and confident readers and spellers. Unfortunately, this instruction is typically not provided in school, even during reading lessons in kindergarten through 2nd grade, and even in special education. If your child is having difficulty learning to read, write, and spell, and is becoming frustrated and unhappy at school, now is the time to find out why and to get them the help they need.
"Wait and See" is not an intervention, and is not recommended by experts.
Children do not outgrow dyslexia, they learn how to succeed with it.