What is Dyslexia?

Sound Advice from the Australian Dyslexia Association:

Often parents are bombarded with websites that present their own interpretation of dyslexia geared at selling their product.  Dyslexia is language based and is lifelong and cannot be cured but it can be treated.  The treatment needs to be educational and centred on teaching the skills required for reading, spelling and writing and the way each child’s brain can process, retain and re-use those skills when required.  A child with dyslexia will take a lot longer to acquire the required skills (that dyslexia impedes upon) but it is possible.  With an understanding of evidence based practices, current reading research in science, linguistics and education, a well trained teacher or educator can begin to identify dyslexia and assess the areas required for instruction so that teaching can commence as soon as possible.”

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