Frequently Asked Questions

What are signs of dyslexia?

The problem displayed by individuals with dyslexia involves difficulties in acquiring and using language, reading, and writing letters in the wrong order, and is just one manifestation of dyslexia and does not occur in all cases. Other problems experienced by individuals with dyslexia include:

  • Learning to speak
  • Organizing written and spoken language
  • Learning letters and their sounds
  • Memorizing number facts
  • Spelling
  • Reading
  • Learning a foreign language
  • Correctly doing math operations

Not all students who have difficulties with these skills are dyslexic. Formal testing is the only way to confirm a diagnosis of suspected dyslexia.

What is dyscalculia?

Dyscalculia is a mathematical disability in which a person has unusual difficulty solving arithmetic problems and grasping math concepts.

What is dysgraphia?

Dysgraphia is a neurological-based writing disability in which a person finds it hard to form letters or write within a defined space.

What causes dyslexia?

The exact causes of dyslexia are still not completely clear, but anatomical and brain imagery studies show differences in the way the brain of a dyslexic person develops and functions. Moreover, most people with dyslexia have been found to have problems with identifying the separate speech sounds within a word and/or learning how letters represent those sounds, a key factor in their reading difficulties. Dyslexia is not due to either lack of intelligence or desire to learn; with appropriate teaching methods, dyslexics can learn successfully.

Information provided by International Dyslexia Association.  Please see their site for additional information.