Mindshift Guide to Understanding Dyslexia

Holly Korbey of KQED has put together a comprehensive 38 page online guide about Dyslexia. Dyslexia occurs in every language and in children from every background, regardless of race or socioeconomic status.

Stubborn. Not working to potential. Lazy. Unintelligent.

For many students sitting in classrooms right now struggling to read, they have already heard these words, or thought them about themselves. Yet no matter how hard they try, when these same students look at the page of a book or worksheet, the letters seem to move around and shift. Was the word pit or tap? Their or through?

For others, words come together so slowly to form coherent sentences, the first test question is barely answered when the rest of the class is nearly finished.

This is the daily given for students with dyslexia, a biological, brain-based reading condition connected to speech and language that makes reading words and sentences extremely difficult. Experts estimate that anywhere between 5 and 20 percent of school children have a form of dyslexia.

Dyslexia is, in fact, the root of 80 percent of all learning disabilities, and yet in many families, schools, and even businesses, it’s still profoundly misunderstood.

Chapters include:

1. Dyslexia is a different brain, not a disease

2. Recognizing Dyslexia in children

3. Educators and Dyslexia

4. Parents and Dyslexia

5. Technology Aids for Dyslexics

6. Possibilities

Information about additional resources is also included in the guide.

Here is a link to the online guide: https://kqed-org-assets.s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/Mindshift-Guide-to-Understanding-Dyslexia.pdf