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What is Dyslexia?

Updated: Aug 29, 2023

Dyslexia is often thought of as a reading disorder that is neurologically based. There is something going on the brain causing some people to have difficulty reading. Each person with Dyslexia will have different experiences with reading. Common occurrences in people with Dyslexia while reading include:

  • Letter or word reversals (ex. b & d, saw & was)

  • Letter inversions (ex. g & e)

  • Difficulty with decoding new words (sounding out the word)

  • Word substitutions (replacing an unknown word with another word)

  • Omission (leaving out a word)

  • Insertion (adding in a word that's not there)

  • Repetition (repeating a word or phrase multiple times)

  • Eyes dart all over page

  • Uses pictures or other context to derive meaning

  • Eye strain or fatigue (rubs eyes frequently, eyes turn red)


People with Dyslexia are often very smart, creative individuals with many talents. In his book, The Gift of Dyslexia, Ronald D. Davis describes 8 abilities that people with Dyslexia have:

  1. able to alter and create perceptions

  2. highly aware of their surroundings

  3. more curious than their peers

  4. think in pictures rather than words

  5. highly intuitive and insightful

  6. think and perceive using all senses

  7. experience thought as reality

  8. vivid imaginations


Recommended Reading:

The Gift of Dyslexia by Ronald D. Davis

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