Understanding Dyslexia

The most common learning disorder

Assessment and Treatment

A doctor provides diagnosis

Dyslexia is a complex condition that affects individuals in varying ways and to differing levels of severity. If a child shows any of the signs or symptoms of dyslexia, it is recommended that they see a professional for diagnosis.

A formal evaluation may include assessment of the following skills in order to understand the individual's strengths and weaknesses.

Assessment will provide a comprehensive understanding of cognitive skills and aid in the pursuit of proper treatment moving forward.

 

Child participates in speech therapy

Treatment

Treatment takes into consideration the needs of the individual and any specific challenges they may face. As with any other medical condition, early intervention is critical.

Although dyslexia is highly individualized, there are similarities in learning style preferences. Treatment is optimal in a one-to-one or small group setting, and the overwhelming majority of 97% of dyslexics are visual learners.

Treatment generally involves training in the following areas:

Often, persons with dyslexia will qualify for an Individualized Education Plan, and will benefit from assistive technology and accommodations, such as time extensions or separate space during test-taking.

 

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