What is Dyslexia?

According to the International Dyslexia Association:

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities.

These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede the growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.

Adopted by the Board of Directors: November 12, 2002


A few years ago, National Public Radio (NPR) reporter Gabrielle Emanuel shed some much-needed light on dyslexia in a five-part series titled “Unlocking Dyslexia”.

Click each part to listen to the audio or read the article.

Part I: Millions Have Dyslexia, Few Understand It

Part II: How Science Is Rewiring The Dyslexic Brain

Part III: Raising A Child With Dyslexia: Three Things Parents Can Do

Part IV: Dyslexia: The Learning Disability That Must Not Be Named

Part V: ‘B’ And ‘D’ Learning Process Debunks Dyslexia Jumbled-Letters Myth


If your child has been diagnosed with dyslexia or struggles with reading, there’s something you can do to help. The International Dyslexia Association recommends seeking help early and hiring a reading instructor trained in the Orton-Gillingham Reading Approach.


The Orton-Gillingham Reading Approach is evidence-based and effective because it is:

  • Diagnostic
  • Explicit
  • Multi-sensory
  • Structured
  • Cumulative
  • Cognitive

We help students at-risk, those with dyslexia and struggling readers become better in phonics, phonemic awareness, word attack, spelling, word recognition, and reading sight words.  


Ready to see your child break through the struggles; improve in reading, comprehension, and math- and get better grades? Let’s Talk about how we can help your child reach their full learning potential!
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