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
Top Dyslexia Books
According to goodreads here are some excellent books about Dyslexia.
1. The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain
By: Brock L. Eide
2. Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level
By: Sally E. Shaywitz
3. Dyslexia: TIME FOR TALENT
By: Carolina Frohlich
4. Secret Life of a Dyslexic Child
By: Robert Frank, Kathryn E. Livingston
5. Fish in a Tree
By: Lynda Mullaly Hunt
6. In the Mind's Eye: Creative Visual Thinkers, Gifted Dyslexics, and the Rise of Visual Technologies
By: Thomas G. West
7. The Gift of Dyslexia
By: Ronald D. Davis
Dyslexia Fun Facts
• Dyslexia affects 20% of the U.S. population (Dyslexia Center of Utah, 2017).
• Children don’t outgrow dyslexia, most just learn to compensate (Dyslexia Center of Utah, 2017).
• A study at Yale found that the numbers of girls and boys who have dyslexia are about the same (Angie, 2011).
• Individuals with dyslexia often enjoy and excel at solving puzzles (Angie, 2011).
• Some of the most brilliant minds of our time have been known to have dyslexia such as: Albert Einstein, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Winston Churchill, Benjamin Franklin, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and John Lennon, (Angie, 2011).