How Does Dyslexia Affect Learners?

  • “Most children look forward to learning to read and, in fact, do so quickly. For dyslexic children, however, the experience is very different: For them, reading, which seems to come effortlessly for everyone else, appears to be beyond their grasp. These children, who understand the spoken word and love to listen to stories, cannot decipher the same words when they are written on a page. They grow frustrated and disappointed. Teachers wonder what they or the child might be doing wrong, often misdiagnosing the problem or getting bad advice.” - from Overcoming Dyslexia

     “Dyslexia inflicts pain. It represents a major assault of self-esteem. In grade school children, this may be expressed as a reluctance to attend school or moodiness or spoken expressions such as “I'm dumb” or “I get teased a lot… For many affected children dyslexia has extinguished the joys of childhood.” -from Overcoming Dyslexia

     “The greatest stumbling block preventing a dyslexic child from realizing his potential and following his dreams is the widespread ignorance about the true nature of dyslexia.” -fromOvercoming Dyslexia

    “Generally, dyslexic readers require many more exposures to a printed words over a much longer period of time before the stored representations are clear and true to the printed word… As a result, even when dyslexic readers are able to decode words accurately, they are still not quick in their reading of these words. The phonologic weakness clearly affects not only learning to read but also the ability of dyslexic readers to become skilled readers.” -from Overcoming Dyslexia.
    “As..(the) child progresses through third and higher grades, your focus shifts from wondering if she is learning to read to wanting to know if she is learning to read a critical core of words fluently…They must devote their full concentration to decoding words instead of attending to issues of comprehension. Reflecting the lack of fluency, they read slowly-a hallmark of dyslexia. Fluency is what binds a reader to the text.“ -from Overcoming Dyslexia