Dyslexia is an inherited condition that makes it extremely difficult to read, write and spell despite having at least average intelligence. Approximately 20-25% of the population has dyslexia, the severity of which can range from mild to severe. Many are never diagnosed. Dyslexia has NOTHING to do with overall intelligence, but with the ability to process individual sounds in words, which in turn affects word recognition, decoding and spelling.
While dyslexia seems to be one of the most mis-understood disabilities, this is one of my favorite definitions of dyslexia as it also affirms the high level of intelligence that comes with this challenge having to do with the area of the brain that deals with letter/number symbols:
“A neurological condition; genetically based; processing problems that occur in the translation between auditory and visual representations of language… primarily with the alphabetic system.”
Sounds complicated? Right? But really it is as easy as understanding that someone has struggles with the letter/number system…. symbols.
While we do not claim to “cure” dyslexia, we DO demonstrate that students can overcome the challenges related to their individual dyslexic profile. Our solutions include letter/sound blending and symbol imagery. We use the scientifically based and proven Orton-Gillingham methodologies as we adapt to student growth and successes. This involves demonstrated growth in both both reading and writing skills. Students are able to read on grade level and access all learning materials needed for higher level learning. They enjoy using writing as a method of expression of academic comprehension and self expression.