Dyslexia is a genetic learning difference that affects 1 in 5 people, and it's based on neurological wiring.
Dyslexia varies in severity from person to person. One student with mild dyslexia may struggle to learn accurate spelling, while another student with profound dyslexia may require years of instruction to attain literacy.
Other signs of dyslexia include:
Serious spelling problems
Difficulties learning to read, particularly in grade 3 and beyond
Guessing by using the shapes of words versus actually reading
Directional confusion, such as left/right, above/below, yesterday/tomorrow, and before/after
Difficulty tying shoes
Mix-ups in spoken syllables, like saying "basketti" for spaghetti. In fact, children with dyslexia may continue speaking like a 3-4 year-old for several years
Delays in crawling, walking, or speaking
Extreme messiness (messy rooms, messy backpacks)
Difficulty learning the alphabet
Don't understand the concept of rhyming
Chronic ear infections
Due to hard work with little payoff, homework is an overwhelming nightmare
Gifted in the areas of empathy/interpersonal relationships, big-picture thinking, the arts, music, dance, and athletics
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often goes hand-in-hand with dyslexia. It presents as difficulty sustaining attention, hyper-restlessness, and impulsive behavior, leading to poor performance in school. ADHD is often displayed in hyperactivity, while ADD is a slower-paced state of inattention.
Dysgraphia is a visual-motor integration problem that causes childlike, nearly illegible handwriting that is often slow, labored, and tedious.
At DePaul, we build everything around the way a student with dyslexia receives and processes information.
If you suspect your child has one or more learning differences, we encourage you to book a tour with us, and if possible, get a full psychoeducational evaluation*, which will benefit your child greatly. If you're seeking a psychoeducational evaluation in Northeast Florida, we recommend: