Dyslexia Facts

-Individuals with dyslexia have normal intelligence, and many have above-average intelligence. 

-Dyslexia runs in families, but can vary from mild in one person and severe in another in the same family. The number one risk factor is known or suspected dyslexia in the family tree.  

-There is a 50% chance that a child will have dyslexia if one of his or her parents has it.

-Dyslexia is not rare. 20% of the population is dyslexic. In a typical classroom of 30 students, 5 or 6 will have dyslexia.

-Dyslexia is the leading cause of illiteracy, dropping out of high school, juvenile delinquency, and drug abuse.

-Despite intelligence, people with dyslexia struggle with reading, spelling, and writing.  They often excel in science, sports, music, or art. They frequently have excellent people skills. 

-Individuals with dyslexia have a different brain structure and unusual nerve pathways, which forces them to process language differently.

-Individuals with dyslexia have difficulty processing speech sounds, illogical sequences, wrote random facts, and directionality concepts.

-People with dyslexia display highly predictable reading mistakes.

-Dyslexia is not something you outgrow and by late third grade, children with dyslexia have a great deal of difficulty masking their weaknesses.

-Individuals with dyslexia can read but their reading is inaccurate, choppy, slow and labored.

-Dyslexia is not curable but is treatable.

Common Signs of Dyslexia