October is Dyslexia Awareness Month. Dyslexia is a language-based learning difference that affects between 15 and 20 percent of the population. It is characterized by an unexpected difficulty learning to read and spell. Individuals with dyslexia have average to above-average cognitive skills and are typically very intelligent, but they just have difficulty with the written language. Individuals with dyslexia include Steven Spielberg, Charles Schwab, Sir Richard Branson, and Agatha Christie, to name a few.
Slow, inaccurate reading, poor spelling, and difficulty with abstract metalinguistic concepts like identifying parts of speech can be persistent into adulthood for individuals with dyslexia. However, early identification and early intervention can make an enormous difference for these individuals. Dyslexia has a strong genetic component, so children whose parents or other immediate family members that experienced (or experience) difficulty with reading and/or spelling are likely to experience similar challenges. At Maclay School, we offer screenings and targeted interventions for children who might be at risk for reading challenges, so please contact the Center for Learning if you have any questions or concerns about your child.