Dyslexia Awareness Month

dyslexia awareness month

Dyslexia Awareness Month

October is dyslexia awareness month, which is a great time to learn about dyslexia, as well as resources for children that have dyslexia

Facts about Dyslexia:

  • As many as 1 in 5 students have a diagnosis of dyslexia, and is the most common learning disability.
  • Dyslexia is a learning disability that includes difficulty in the use and processing of linguistic and symbolic codes, alphabetic letters representing speech sounds or numeric representing numbers or quantities.
  • It commonly runs in families.
  • People with dyslexia often excel in areas such as: problem solving puzzles, story comprehension, “big picture” perspectives, spoken vocabulary, creativity, and thinking skills (reason, abstraction.)

4 tips for parents of children with dyslexia:

  1. Use a multi-sensory approach when working on decoding (sounding out words) – Use the senses of touch, sight, and sound. Using shaving cream and magnet letters to create words are all excellent examples of a multi-sensory approach.
  2. Build in time for repetition of skills – allow opportunities for practice of newly learned words and review sight words frequently. If possible, make repetition fun and motivating to your child by including games or movement.
  3. Make reading enjoyable – encourage your child to find books that fit their interests. If chapter books are daunting for your child, audiobooks, comic books, and graphic novels are a great way to encourage literacy in a unique way.
  4. Focus on a growth mindset – when working with your child encourage them that growth is possible and that proficient readers are always seeking to learn from mistakes.


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