October is Dyslexia Awareness month. There are many myths about dyslexia. Today I’m defining dyslexia, but stay tuned because I have some incredible facts to share with you this month.
What is the definition of dyslexia? According to the International Dyslexia Association:
Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede the growth of vocabulary and background knowledge. (more information)
I like the definition from the National Institute of Learning Development:
“Dys” means lack of function and “lexia” means words – thus “lack of function with words”. Originally the term “Dyslexia” referred to a specific learning deficit that hindered a person’s ability to read. More recently, however, it has been used as a general term referring to the broad category of language deficits… (more information)
My definition of dyslexia isn’t words, it’s a face – and a heart. Over the course of this month, I’ll be sharing my personal story with you. But first, I want to hear from you! If you have a family member or close friend with Dyslexia, give me a shout out in the comments and just say “ME!”