Since 2002, every October has been celebrated as National Dyslexia Awareness Month. Dyslexia is the process of having difficulty in reading or forming word recognition in every day language. This may include poor spelling skills, deficits in phonics recognition, and other mental conditions that make it difficult to understand language. It is often thought of as a disorder that affects intelligence, but those with dyslexia often have a superior level of intelligence.
People with dyslexia have been successful in journalism, politics, mathematics, and virtually every other industry. Winston Churchill, Thomas Edison, and even Albert Einstein were all known to have this disorder.
20% of the World’s Population is Dyslexic
1 in 5 people have some form of dyslexia, whether it has been diagnosed or not. It is considered the most common learning disability in the world today. It is caused when the right side of the brain is used solely to process language instead of having areas on the left side of the brain to help. If a child has a parent with dyslexia, then they have a 50/50 chance of developing it themselves. If both parents of a child are dyslexic, then it is guaranteed that this disorder will be present.
ADHD is also commonly found in those who have dyslexia. 4 in 10 people with dyslexia will also be diagnosed with ADHD. Because it takes about 5x more energy for people with dyslexia to accomplish mental tasks, it can be very difficult to learn when ADHD and dyslexia are both present.
Because dyslexia is not a disease, there is no cure that is available for the condition. That’s why National Dyslexia Awareness Month every October is such an important time of year. It allows everyone to have a better understanding of the difficulties people experience with codes, symbols, letters, and other written figures.
Dyslexia Programs Are an Important Part of Learning
Dyslexia programs are an important part of battling this learning disability. Having someone skilled in delivering the program, however, is more important than having a high quality curriculum. The human element is critical to the learning process and how the program is delivered is as important as the program happens to be. One on one attention, frequent repetition, and pacing that happens on an individual level are needed.
More than 3 million people in the US alone are newly diagnosed with dyslexia every year. Although it runs equally in each gender, about 80% of the kids who are placed in special education programs in their schools have some level of dyslexia they are attempting to battle.
Many people associated with dyslexia as reading things backwards, but this is more of a myth than a reality. People with dyslexia can distinguish a “b” from a “d” most of the time. What they struggle to do is recognize that words can be pulled apart so their individual components can be analyzed. The word “rainbow” can become “rain” and “bow,” but someone with dyslexia will struggle to identify this fact. Then they’ll struggle with pulling apart the letters of the word to determine its exact phonetics.
3 Out of 4 Children Who Remain Undiagnosed Will Struggle As Adults
Dyslexia is a disorder that can be overcome, but it takes a lot of time, patience, and energy on everyone’s part to make this happen. Unfortunately many children remain undiagnosed in schools or are simply told that they cannot read at their grade level and advanced anyway. 74% of children who do not receive any specialty training to overcome their dyslexia will continue to struggle with reading in language as an adult.
Why is recognizing dyslexia so difficult? Because it often seems like someone with dyslexia isn’t actually trying to sound out words or learn how to read. Someone without dyslexia may see the word “dog” and immediately think of their favorite pet. With dyslexia, however, the neural connections will recognize the word, but what actually gets understood could literally be “bear” instead of “dog.”
That’s why finding a quality program that is well delivered can help anyone with dyslexia be able to overcome this common learning disability. Every October may be National Dyslexia Awareness Month, but for the 1 in 5 people in the world today who have it, every day presents a challenge. By learning more about this condition, it will become possible to get the help that is needed.