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DYSLEXIA: WHAT PARENTS SHOULD KNOW
 

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Translation: Having dyslexia can make it hard to read!

Writing that looks just fine to you might look like this to someone who has dyslexia.

Dyslexia is a learning problem some kids have with reading and writing. It can make words look jumbled. This makes it difficult for a kid to read and remember what was read.

So what's going on inside the person's brain? A problem occurs in the brain, but it doesn't mean the person is dumb. Plenty of smart and talented people struggle with dyslexia.

When someone has dyslexia, sometimes the messages the brain is sending get jumbled up or confused. A kid who has dyslexia might get frustrated and find it hard to do schoolwork. But the good news is that dyslexia doesn't need to keep a kid down.

WHAT IS HAVING DYSLEXIA LIKE?
A kid who has dyslexia might start out doing fine in school. But gradually, it can become a struggle, especially when reading becomes an important part of schoolwork. A teacher might say that the kid is smart, but doesn't seem to be able to get the hang of reading.

HOW DOES READING HAPPENED?
Most kids begin learning to read by learning how each letter of the alphabet looks and sounds. Next, they start figuring out what the letters sound like when they're put together to form words. Reading is a little like riding a bike because you have to do a bunch of things at once. It's hard at first, but once you know how to do it, it feels easy and natural.

READING MEANS YOUR EYES AND BRAIN HAVE TO DO ALL THESE STEPS:
focus on printed marks (letters and words)
control eye movements across the page
recognize the way letters sound
understand words and grammar (the way words are put together)
build images and ideas
compare new ideas to what is already known
store the ideas in memory

HOW DO KIDS WITH DYSLEXIA FEEL?
Kids who have dyslexia might get frustrated sometimes and they may not like that they are in a different reading group than their friends. But they can get help to improve their reading skills and go on to do great things in life.

 

 
 
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