The many definitions of dyslexia

The term dyslexia is used both generally and specifically.

In general usage it means having difficulty with language (dys-  difficulty with,  lexia  language).  A multitude of  challenges, disabilities, and/or family situations can keep students from acquiring reading and writing skills as anticipated.

Specifically, it is a diagnostic term used by educators and physicians to describe a person of average or above average intelligence who has serious difficulty acquiring reading and spelling skills while he excels in other facets of his life and academic classes.

A few facts about dyslexia

  • Dyslexia affects some people severely and other people mildly.
  • It occurs in people of all backgrounds.
  • Dyslexia affects people throughout their lives.
  • It is referred to as a learning disability because dyslexia can make it very difficult for a student to succeed in a typical school.
  • In its most severe forms, dyslexia will qualify a student for special education, special accommodations, or extra support services in school.

Does dyslexia mean you reverse letters and numbers?

Reversing letters and numbers in the early years of school is quite common. Persistent reversals are often associated with dyslexia. However, dyslexia is much more complex than just reversals.