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"What is Dyslexia" continued

There are many misconceptions about dyslexia, what it is and isn't, and the graphic shown clears up some of these. Dyslexia is not a problem of intelligence, motivation or vision; it is a difference in how the brain receives and processes information related to language and reading. It is not something that one can "grow out of", so delaying help in learning to read will only cause a child to fall farther behind their peers. Dyslexia occurs on a sliding scale, from 'mild', to 'moderate', 'severe', and even 'profound'. All dyslexics (depending on associated conditions) can benefit from a simultaneously multisensory explicit and systematic phonics program, as are the Orton-Gillingham influenced reading programs, including the Barton Reading & Spelling System, which is the main system wingsTutor uses.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

If a parent has dyslexia, there is a strong possibility that the child will also have dyslexia, because it runs in families. However, even in this day and age, many parents will be unaware that they have dyslexia, because they were never diagnosed as children or adults, and they may have learned to compensate for their weaknesses. It is a clue for educators and parents although only a certified professional has the ability to diagnose dyslexia, or any learning disability. (Please see this link (7) for information on how to get diagnosed.) A suspected disability can lead to early intervention, which benefits the child the most. If you suspect any learning disability, start by talking to the child's doctor, teachers and administrators, who should be able to begin the process for diagnosis. However, every struggling child can benefit from one-on-one tutoring with or without a formal diagnosis of dyslexia or other learning disability.

It is rare that a learning disability occurs by itself; it is often accompanied by other difficulties. This graphic lists some of the common conditions that can occur along with dyslexia, with brief descriptions of these additional disorders. Only a qualified specialist can diagnose a learning disability, but it may be helpful to watch for other symptoms.