4 Tips To Improve Reading Skills Even If You Have Dyslexia (Part 1)

Dyslexia is a brain-based type of learning disability that specifically impairs a person's ability to read. Those with dyslexia typically read at lower levels that expected, despite normal intelligence. Common characteristics of those with dyslexia are difficulties with phonological processing (the manipulation of sounds) and or rapid visual-verbal responding.

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Improve Reading Comprehension

Reading Fluency and Reading Comprehension

I’ve mentioned in prior posts the importance of reading fluency but there is more to reading than just fluency. In addition to fluency you need to be able to use what you read. You need to comprehend what you read. Without reading comprehension all you have is word calling.

Learning Disability? Dyslexia? Learning Difficulty?

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As my first post as the Go To Pro for SpecialNeeds.com I want to give you a little bit of background into what a learning problem is. Many of you have struggling students or even struggle yourself with certain things, but that doesn’t mean you actually have a learning disability. So I want to give you some foundational information.

5 Ways to Work with Your Child’s Teachers

Attending a school conference can be stressful for any parent, but if your child has dyslexia, the anxiety can be higher, especially when meeting with a new teacher or counselor. The following tips should help the meeting go smoothly and help you and the school work as a team in your child’s best interest.


Embrace the fact that you are your child’s biggest fan and advocate.

Clues and Symptoms of Dyslexia

In the previous blog, we discussed what dyslexia is -- difficulty with words -- and what it isn’t, which is permanent. So how can you tell if your child may have it? According to Scientific Learning Corp, here are clues you may notice at home and at school.

At home, perhaps your child:

What Exactly IS Dyslexia?

The word dyslexia was coined in 1895 but didn’t come into common usage until the 1960s. The word comes from the Greek roots dys, meaning “abnormal” or “difficult,” and lexis, meaning “word” or “speech.” At its most basic level, dyslexia literally translates to “difficulty with words.”

Study Says S p a c i n g Letters Apart Helps Dyslexia

Researchers from the University of Padua in Italy studied Italian and French children with dyslexia and found that extra space in between letters helped them read.  These children showed an increase of reading speed by 20 percent and doubled reading accuracy.

Researchers said the increased reading speed is equivalent to that of one year in school, and they were surprised by the incredible outcome. 

Study Finds Dyslexia Starts Before Reading

The National Institute of Health reports that up to 15 percent of the U.S. population might have dyslexia.  As one of the most common learning disabilities, dyslexia has been the subject of much research.

Testing for Dyslexia

Testing for dyslexia is a good idea if your child is having problems with schoolwork or reading and writing comprehension.  You may want to test your child for dyslexia if the child’s teacher recommends it as well.  There are many signs and symptoms of dyslexia, and your child may show a few or many of them.  Testing for dyslexia early can prevent several problems later in education and behavioral issues.  The tests administrated to diagnose dyslexia are based off of a child’s age; therefore, your child can be tested at any age.