Dyslexia is a lifelong condition that makes it difficult for people to read. It’s the most common learning issue, although it’s not clear what percentage of kids have it. Some experts believe the number is between 5 and 10 percent. Others say as many as 17 percent of people show signs of reading issues. The reason for the wide range is that experts may define dyslexia in different ways.
Dyslexia is mainly a problem with reading accurately and fluently. Kids with dyslexia may have trouble answering questions about something they’ve read. But when it’s read to them, they may have no difficulty at all.
Dyslexia can create difficulty with other skills, however. These include:
Dyslexia Basics – A handy, informative fact-sheet from the International Dyslexia Association that includes a basic definition of dyslexia, as well as the symptoms, causes, and effects of the condition. Perfect for parents looking for an introduction to addressing dyslexia.
Reading Rocket – Reading Rockets describes itself as a “national multimedia literacy initiative, offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.” Their FAQ on dyslexia offers easy-to-understand guidance on helping young readers overcome learning challenges, and their web series, Reading and the Brain, explores the cognitive connections between reading and dyslexia.
Learning Ally: Learning Ally is a large audiobook database, with over 75,000 digitally recorded books in audio format. Audiobooks can be a great way to bolster reading comprehension and fluency in children with dyslexia, especially if they reading the original text while listening along.
Bookshare: Free for current students, Bookshare houses over two hundred thousand documents in its massive online library. Bookshare is a powerful learning resource for students struggling with accessibility learning concerns.
KidsHealth / TeensHealth: KidsHealth and TeensHealth are popular websites for providing kid-friendly reading material that is simple and informative, with articles covering dyslexia basics at a reading level perfect for kids and teens.
Eye to Eye: Is your child an alternative learner? Eye to Eye is a personal mentoring service that provides programs to students diagnosed with learning challenges such as dyslexia and ADHD.
DyslexiaHelp: Known for their inspiring “Dyslexia Success Stories” articles, DyslexiaHelp is a large online resource, provided by the University of Michigan, for those dealing with dyslexia. There you will find informative content for parents and professionals alike.
International Dyslexia Association – The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is a national non-profit organization specializing in local community involvement. See their branch page to find a provider near you.
The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity – With a mission statement that cites an aim to “uncover and illuminate the strengths of those with dyslexia,” this Yale foundation offers a wide array of resources for parents of children with dyslexia. See their parent’s section for more.
The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia – This inspiring film explores the unique ways in which those diagnosed with dyslexia think, and includes inspiring stories form successful entrepreneurs diagnosed with the condition, such as Richard Branson and Charles Swaub. Check out their website, download the movie on Amazon or iTunes, or watch the trailer below: