Dyslexia is a problem with the word-reading system

May 15th, 2013

Dyslexia is a problem with the word-reading networks in the brain.

Dyslexia literally means poor (dys) with words (lexia). The individual with dyslexia has difficulty reading the words on the page; it is not a problem with comprehension. The weakness in word-reading is most notable when reading words in isolation. People with dyslexia often read better in context because they are able to use other skills and information to make up for weaknesses in word-reading. Ironically, this contextual facilitation effect means that many bright children with dyslexia remain unidentified because most reading tests conducted in schools use stories.


For help with dyslexia on the Gold Coast and Tweed regions contact the Understanding Minds Dyslexia & Reading Difficulties Clinic .

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