Common Myths about Dyslexia

  • Dyslexia is rare: Dyslexia touch about 23% of the population.

  • Dyslexics will not succeed in life: A great majority of dyslexics have invented or done something great for humanity.

  • Dyslexia will prevent your child from succeeding: Your child should succeed not despite dyslexia but because of it.

  • Dyslexia: Why the Confusion? Dyslexics are learning disabled: Dyslexics can also be learning disabled but usually they only become learning disabled because of ineffective teaching.

  • It is difficult to diagnose: It is easy once we know what we are looking for.

  • Reading difficulties disappears with age: Not if it’s dyslexia.

  • Repeating a school grade can remove dyslexia: To do more of the same that made you fail in the first place.

  • Dyslexia is limited to those who reverse letters or numbers: Only 10% of dyslexics reverses letters.

  • Dyslexia is caused by parents who do not read to their children: Some parents read often to their children, some are writers, own book shops, are translators…

  • Dyslexia cannot be diagnosed until a child is in third-grade: It should be diagnosed in kindergarten

  • Only a psychologist can assess individuals with Dyslexia: Only if he has received training in the assessment of people with dyslexia

Extract of: BRAZEAU-WARD, Louise, «I'm confused, is it dyslexia or is it learning dissability?», Canadian Dyslexia Centre, 2003.