St. Anthony Catholic School

Dyslexia Info

Dyslexia is...
  • a brain-based issue that makes it hard to learn to read accurately and fluently
  • a lifelong condition- kids don't outgrow dyslexia, but with the right support, key skills can improve
  • a common learning issue- many successful people have it- 1 in 5 people have dyslexia
Dyslexia is not...
  • a problem of intelligence- kids with dyslexia are just as smart as their peers
  • a problem of vision- the core issue is in understanding how the sounds in words are represented by letters
  • a problem of laziness- kids with dyslexia are already trying hard, they need more help to maintain progress

Kids with dyslexia may have trouble with...
  • Spelling
  • Writing
  • Poor handwriting 
  • Learning a foreign language
  • Decoding (sounding out) written words
  • Understanding what they read
  • Rhyming
  • Solving word problems in math
  • Recognizing common sounds (sight words)
  • Reading smoothly

Ways to help kids with dyslexia...
  • Assistive Technology- tools like audiobooks and text-to-speech apps 
  • Accommodations- help kids show what they know, like doing an oral report instead of a written one
  • Multisensory structured literacy instruction engages kids through sight, hearing, movement and touch