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with Heather Gilmore, MSW, LLMSW, BCBA

Dyslexia: A Potential Cause of Your Child’s Educational Difficulties


As many children in the United States are managing to get through the demands, responsibilities, and academic expectations of the school system, there are also many children who are having some struggle. Focusing difficulties, attention problems, reading comprehension, and academic underachievement as compared to same-aged peers often times gets attributed to the child’s personal weaknesses or behavior problems or possibly even ADHD or another mental or neurological disorder. One potential factor in a child having difficulty in school, particularly academically is dyslexia, a neurological disorder that is often overlooked.

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National Center for Learning Disabilities excerpt:


Dyslexia at a Glance

  • Dyslexia is the name for specific learning disabilities in reading.
  • Dyslexia is often characterized by difficulties with accurate word recognition, decoding and spelling.
  • Dyslexia may cause problems with reading comprehension and slow down vocabulary growth.
  • Dyslexia may result in poor reading fluency and reading out loud.
  • Dyslexia is neurological and often genetic.
  • Dyslexia is not the result of poor instruction.
  • With the proper support, almost all people with dyslexia can become good readers and writers.


A few more tips:

  • Dyslexia is hereditary. If a parent or relative has dyslexia, it is possible for your child to have dyslexia, as well.
  • Dyslexia may also be seen with other issues, such as ADHD/ADD. A child’s difficulty focusing, trouble staying organized, and inconsistency with his school work may be a result of either one or both of the conditions.
  • Dyslexia is not just “seeing” letters backwards. Children with dyslexia don’t have a visual problem although they might write their b’s and d’s backwards. Dyslexia is much more than just this one concern.
  • You should not wait it out! Although it is never to late to receive help, the sooner your child receives appropriate recognition, intervention, and support, the better they will be able to learn to manage dyslexia and to live a fuller, happier, and easier life.

If you suspect that your child is having any of the above problems, learn more about dyslexia and contact a professional to receive a thorough evaluation to see whether or not dyslexia may be affecting your child.

Following are two amazing sites you can visit to learn more about dyslexia. These two sources have very thorough and insightful descriptions of dyslexia.

Dyslexia at Yale

Dyslexia: A Potential Cause of Your Child’s Educational Difficulties

APA Reference
Gilmore, H. (2014). Dyslexia: A Potential Cause of Your Child’s Educational Difficulties. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 21, 2019, from