Dyslexia is characterized by problems with expressive or receptive oral or written language. The term dyslexia describes brain-based processing differences that affect the way a person gets, uses, stores, and sends out information. But dyslexia manifests differently in each person. At Camp Spring Creek, we like to say that people with dyslexia are like snowflakes: no two are alike.
Dyslexia and its related language-based learning disabilities affect 15-20 percent of the population, cutting across every segment of society. Because there’s a lot of misunderstanding about what dyslexia is, many dyslexic people are never diagnosed and don’t get the help they need.
Dyslexics may have trouble with one or more of the following skills: reading, writing, listening, speaking, reasoning, and math. Dyslexics are often gifted in creative, “right brain” abilities and possess unusual talents in the arts. Dyslexia is not a disease, nor is it the result of low intelligence, low motivation, or emotional, psychological, or behavioral difficulties. If misunderstood, however, learning disabilities can limit a child’s ability to reach his or her full potential.
A Few of Our Favorite
The Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators
The International Dyslexia Association
The Key School
What is Dyslexia? TED Talk
The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity