DOCS FOR DYSLEXIA
Dyslexia: Definition by the International Dyslexia Association:
“Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.”
Docs for Dyslexia is a site founded on the belief that physicians who care for children need to understand dyslexia and other literacy issues.
Dyslexia is not simply an academic problem. It is a neurologic, language-based disorder that can affect listening, learning vocabulary, pronouncing words, reading, and writing.
The issues of listening and learning vocabulary affect the child in multiple areas of his life. He may be seen as less intelligent, leading to lower expectations.
Difficulties with pronouncing words can also make him appear less intelligent. It also sets him up for bullying. It can also lead others to not want to interact with him, due to guilt by association in terms of intelligence.
Reading and writing problems lead teachers to believe that either the child is not working hard enough, or is not intelligent enough to handle the academics.
All of these factors increase the risk of the child developing mental health disorders and behavior problems.
You are encouraged to visit the Resources tab in the toolbar to access materials that are being put together for your education and the education of your families. There is no cost for this, although to access individual resources your email address and setting up an account will be needed.
The resources will focus on the state of Wisconsin, where the founders of this site live. This doesn't mean that other healthcare providers can't utilize the resources but they may need to find some resources that are specific to their state.
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