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Pathways to Success: Dyslexia Throughout the Generations

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Dyslexia Throughout the Generations

October is National Dyslexia Month!

Dyslexia is commonly seen as a reading problem that only affects male children. Rather, Dyslexia is a language-based learning difference that affects both males and females throughout the lifespan and affects up to 17% of the population. October is the month to set aside to bring awareness and attention to Dyslexia!

Despite possessing average to superior intelligence, individuals with Dyslexia experience difficulties including reading, writing, spelling, math, and short-term memory. Many people who have Dyslexia experience shame and discrimination when expected to adjust in a society that equates intelligence with literacy. If a child's learning difficulties are not recognized and/or appropriate instructional help is not offered, the child may lose hope and drop out of school. Children with Dyslexia can also feel isolated due to being perceived as "different" by classmates. This can have a lifelong negative impact on self-esteem. Therefore, it is crucial that children with Dyslexia have a family support system, as well as support from their teachers. Adults with Dyslexia often stress that support from family, teachers, and employers is foundational to leading satisfying lives. 

As Dyslexia is a lifelong learning difficulty, individuals with Dyslexia learn from an early age that they must work substantially harder to survive in school and succeed in employment and relationships. Therefore creativity and perseverance are common characteristics for people with Dyslexia. Some famous people who have triumphed with Dyslexia include Anna Rice, Jennifer Aniston and Tim Tebow.

We are research assistants with two School of Social Work researchers at ECU. Since 2006, our research is centered on the social and emotional experiences of individuals out from the shadows so that their experiences can be understood and validated by others in order to receive needed support. 

This was published; The Daily Reflector, Greenville N.C. 10/23/2105

You Can Make a Difference!

  “Not knowing that my child had dyslexia was     like being in the dark.”

  “I don't want my child with dyslexia to     experience giving up on himself/herself like I did.”

    “When my child was diagnosed with  dyslexia, the findings brought up the pain of my past with dyslexia.”

These compelling statements are from parents with  dyslexia who are raising a child with dyslexia. They  participated in a study of how dyslexia affects their  families’ day to day lives. Your participation in the next phase of our study can help bring validation to the experiences of parents with dyslexia raising children with dyslexia.

If you are a parent with dyslexia raising a child/children with dyslexia (diagnosed or self-identified) and want to make a difference, please consider participating in our study!

If interested, please email:
Ayrien Davis at davisa10@students.ecu.edu  or
Hailey Harris at harrisha13@students.ecu.edu 
of the East Carolina University School of Social Work. 

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