What IS dyslexia? Dyslexia affects up to 1 in 5 people, but the experience of dyslexia isn’t always the same. This difficulty in processing language exists along a spectrum — one that doesn’t necessarily fit with labels like “normal” and “defective.” Kelli Sandman-Hurley urges us to think again about dyslexic brain function and to celebrate the neurodiversity of the human brain.
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“Dyslexia is not a vision problem and cannot be remediated by color overlays or vision therapy.” says Kelli. “Sure, those may help, but for true dyslexia, an intensive remediation is necessary. People with dyslexia see things the way people without dyslexia do, therefore is vision problems are suspected they need to be ruled out or remediated before a diagnosis of dyslexia can be made.
“Reversing letters and numbers is normal through the first grade, after that it is a red flag for dyslexia. Dyslexia occurs on a continuum; one student can have mild dyslexia while his classmate can have severe to profound dyslexia. They both have dyslexia and they both require remediation; one will just need less remediation than the other.
“Dyslexia can run in families and it is common for a parent to realize they struggled in school when they see their child struggling. There is no ‘cure for dyslexia’ because it is not a disease.”
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