“Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological 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 growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.”
Adopted by the IDA Board of Directors, Nov. 12, 2002
Dyslexia and the Brain
Neurodiversity is the concept where neurological differences (like Dyslexia) are to be recognized and respected the same as any other human variation, such as hair color or height. The Wilson Language Training Corporation describes the Science behind Dyslexia, and how advances in brain imagining have given us the closest look at how the neurodiversity of a Dyslexic learner varies from non-impaired peers.
Understood.org has created simulators designed to help parents understand their child’s day-to-day experience. Every child’s experience is unique, but Through Your Child’s Eyes can give valuable new insights into what it’s like to have learning and attention issues.
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