“Dyslexia affects 1 out of 5 people. It crosses racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic lines, and with proper instruction and accommodations, it can be remediated.”
-Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity
What is Dyslexia?
Dyslexia is commonly misunderstood, as it can take many different forms in each individual. We feel that this video from TED-Ed explains dyslexia and neurodiversity accurately and effectively, and in a way that aligns with our views here at Park Academy.
TED-Ed Original lessons feature the words and ideas of educators brought to life by professional animators.
The International Dyslexia Association defines dyslexia as:
“Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological 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.”
Adopted by IDA Board, November 2002
Adopted by the National Institutes of Health, 2002
Common Strengths of Dyslexics:
- Critical Thinking
- Artistic Skill
- Athletic Ability
- Musical Ability
- Mechanical Ability
- People Skills
- 3-D visual-spatial skills
- Vivid imagination
- Creative, global thinking