What Is Dyslexia?

• A neurologically-based, often familial, disorder which interferes with the acquisition and processing of language. Varying in degrees of severity, it is manifested by difficulties in receptive and expressive language, including phonological processing in reading, writing, spelling, handwriting, and sometimes in arithmetic.

• It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition, and by poor spelling and decoding abilities.

• It is lifelong, but individuals frequently respond successfully to timely and appropriate intervention.

• One in five people, or about 20%, have some degree of dyslexia ranging from mild, moderate, severe, to profound.

Timely, appropriate intervention is important. The longer you wait to get help for a child with reading difficulties, the longer it will take for that child to catch up.