WHAT IS DYSLEXIA?
DYSLEXIA IS A SPECIFIC LEARNING DISABILITY THAT IS NEUROBIOLOGICAL IN ORIGIN.
At its heart, dyslexia is a reading disorder. While a child may have normal or above-normal intelligence, and often a great desire to learn, their brain processes letters, words, and characters differently. This makes it difficult to recognize certain letters and/or words, harder to comprehend and process written passages, and often challenging to read aloud or “sound out” a word or specific spelling.
It’s important to remember that while dyslexia is a medical problem, it has an educational solution. At Riverside School, we provide a style of teaching that meets the individual needs of students with language-based learning differences, encouraging them to achieve their highest academic potential.
While specific diagnostic and cognitive tests can accurately diagnose dyslexia, there are some signs that a child may have a language-based learning difference. A child with dyslexia may begin speaking later in childhood. They may also become easily distracted, easily frustrated, and have difficulty reciting songs or stories. While these are common symptoms but not an accurate assessment of dyslexia, they may take longer to learn left from right, and write letters or words backwards.
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