Dyslexia is a specific type of learning disability that makes it difficult for the person to decode words, spell and to read words accurately and fluently. Dyslexic individuals have difficulty "breaking the code" of sound-letter association (alphabetic principle). They may also have difficulty learning new vocabulary, and getting their thoughts onto paper in a logical, concise manner. No two dyslexics are alke---each has his or her won set of strengths and weaknesses.

The International Dyslexia Association Research Committee and the National Institutes of Health adopted the following description of dyslexia as a working definition in April 2002. All statements within the definition have an empirical basis. The criteria specified in this definition are dynamic and subject to modification as new data become available.

Dyslexia is one of several distinct learning disabilities. It is a specific language-based disorder of constitutional origin characterized by difficulty in single word decoding, usually reflecting insufficient phonological processing abilities. These difficulties in single word decoding are often unexpected in relation to age and other cognitive and academic abilities; they are not the result of generalized developmental disability or sensory impairment. Dyslexia is manifested by variable difficulty with different forms of language, often including, in addition to problems reading, a conspicuous problem with acquiring proficiency in writing and spelling.

Contrary to what many think, dyslexia is not about reversing letters. Dyslexia is a neurological "glitch" and has nothing to do with a person's IQ. In fact, many dyslexics display insightful, impressive talents for "thinking outside of the box."

Dyslexics never outgrow dyslexia---reading and writing remain difficult throughout their life---but with specialized tutoring by a professional trained to work with dyslexics, they can manage print more effectively.

The good news is that students with dyslexia are learning to read, write, and spell in language training classes at the center. Students are taught by Licensed Dyslexia Therapist using Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia, a multisensory, structured, sequential, phonetic-based curriculum purposely designed for students with dyslexia. Students age six through young adult who satisfy the entrance requirements are eligible to enroll in the program.



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