Boys with dyslexia are more frequently identified in schools. But dyslexia affects both genders in nearly equal numbers. So what explains the difference in schools? Researchers found that girls tend to quietly muddle through challenges while boys become more rambunctious. Boys’ behavioral difficulties draw the teacher’s attention to them.
Dyslexia makes it challenging to break down words. Symptoms sometimes include flipping letters around. But reversing letters isn’t always a sign of dyslexia. (Young kids who don’t have dyslexia often do this too.) Nor is it the only problem associated with it. People with dyslexia may have trouble with a number of skills, including writing, spelling, speaking and socializing.
The brain functions differently in people with dyslexia. Some traditional reading and language instruction may not work for them. Studies have shown people with dyslexia get the most benefit from intensive instruction or tutoring that’s highly structured. Some methods involve all learning pathways in the brain, including sight, sound and touch.
Dyslexia is not a sign of low intelligence. It occurs in children of all backgrounds and intelligence levels. Having dyslexia certainly doesn’t mean your child isn’t smart. With the right kind of support, many children with dyslexia go on to higher education and are very successful in their careers.
Dyslexia is a brain-based condition and a lifelong challenge. But early intervention and helpful classroom accommodations can have a significant, positive impact on reading ability and academic achievement.
A journey from seeing it as a disability to realizing it's a gift
People with Dyslexia are visionaries, inventors, and artists. They think differently, see the world differently. It is from this difference that the dyslexic brain derives its brilliance.