Interesting Facts about Dyslexia
- People with dyslexia are usually more creative and have a higher level of intelligence.
- Dyslexia is the most common learning disability. Individuals with this medical condition have difficulty in the areas of language processing
- 1 in 5 people suffer from dyslexia.
- About 70 to 85% of children who are placed in special education for learning disabilities are dyslexic.
- Dyslexia does not reflect an overall defect in language, but a localized weakness within the phonologic module of the brain (where sounds of language are put together to form words or break words down into sounds).
- Those with dyslexia use only the right side of the brain to process language, while non-dyslexics use three areas on the left side of the brain to process language.
- Children have a 50% chance of having dyslexia if one parent has it. And a 100% chance if both parents have it.
- Dyslexia ranges from mild to severe. Around 40% of people with dyslexia also have ADHD. And those with dyslexia use about 5 times more energy to complete mental tasks.
- Dyslexia is not a disease so there is no cure. It’s a learning disability that includes difficulty in the use/processing of linguistic and symbolic codes, alphabetic letters representing speech sounds or number and quantities.
- Dyslexics do not “see” words backwards. The “b-d” letter reversal for example is mainly caused by deficits in interpreting left and right.
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 15% of the population has dyslexia.
Famous People With Dyslexia
– Head of 2nd Largest Steel Maker in America (Bethlehem Steel)
– Top Prudential Financial Advisor
– Entrepreneur/Founder of Virgin Airlines
– Founder of Ford Motors
F. Scott Fitzgerald
– Author of The Great Gatsby
Hans Christian Anderson
– Author of The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, and The Emperor’s New Clothes.
– NBC News’ chief foreign correspondent
– World Famous Director
– World Famous Animator
– An American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art
– World Famous Arts
Mindfulness, Meditation How It Helps Dyslexia
Dana Farley, age 22, a Long Island native who credits the Transcendental Meditation technique with helping her to overcome the challenges of dyslexia as well as teenage anxiety and depression.
Having struggled with severe dyslexia since childhood, Dana says, “I had a lot of insecurities when it came to school. Since starting TM I’m not putting myself down all the time. The negative thoughts just don’t appear. Instead of thinking, ‘I can’t do this’ I’m thinking ‘Why not?’”
Aware of the high stress levels and a troubling rise in suicide rates and depression in American teenagers, Dana had the idea to create a documentary about her own TM experience. She started making the film in high school, and continued working on it even while an undergraduate at Bucknell University. Even though Dana majored in English, she joined a film club to get more practice behind the camera. Dana’s perseverance paid off…Read More
Recommended Reading on Dyslexia
By Sally Shaywitz, M.D.
In Overcoming Dyslexia, Dr. Sally Shaywitz, codirector of the Yale Center for the Study of Learning and Attention and a leader in the new research into how the brain works, offers the latest information about reading problems and proven, practical techniques that, along with hard work and the right help, can enable anyone to overcome them.
The Dyslexic Advantage
By Brock L. Eide, M.D., M.A. & Fernette F. Eide, M.D.
In this paradigm-shifting book, neurolearning experts Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide describe an exciting new brain science that reveals that dyslexic people have unique brain structure and organization. While the differences are responsible for certain challenges with literacy and reading, the dyslexic brain also gives a predisposition to important skills, and special talents.