Dyslexia Facts and Statistics

dyslexic brainOctober is Dyslexia Awareness Month. To raise awareness and dispel misconceptions about Dyslexia, we have compiled a list of facts and statistics about Dyslexia.

  • It is estimated that 1 in 10 people have dyslexia
  • Over 40 million American Adults are dyslexic - and only 2 million know it
  • Dyslexia is not tied to IQ - Einstein was dyslexic and had an estimated IQ of 160
  • Dyslexia in not just about getting letters or numbers mixed up or out of order
  • 80% of people associate dyslexia with some form of retardation - this is not true
  • Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability or disorder that includes poor word reading, word decoding, oral reading fluency and spelling
  • Dyslexia occurs in people of all backgrounds and intellectual levels
  • Dyslexia has nothing to do with not working hard enough
  • 20% of school-aged children in the US are dyslexic
  • With appropriate teaching methods, dyslexia can learn successfully
  • Over 50% of NASA employees are dyslexic
  • Dyslexia runs in families; parents with dyslexia are very likely to have children with dyslexia
  • Dyslexics may struggle with organizational skills, planning and prioritizing, keeping time, concentrating with background noise.
  • Dyslexis may excel at connecting ideas, thinking out of the box, 3D thinking, seeing the big picture
  • People with dyslexia excel or even gifted in areas of art, computer science, design, drama, electronics, math, mechanics, music, physics, sales and sports
  • Many famous people are dyslexic including: Orlando Bloom, Whoopi Goldberg, Stephen Spielberg, Kiera Knightley. Albert Einstein and Patrick Dempsey

SOURCES: American Dyslexia Association, The International Dyslexia Association, The Dyslexia Center, The Dyslexia Foundation, The Child Mind Institute

Raising Resilient Kids

Issues with toddler meltdowns or teenage drama? Teaching a child resiliance can help our kids to be happier, well-adjusted, thoughful, autonomous adults.

Years ago, I clipped and saved a valuable article from "Counselor's Corner", much of which I will reproduce here.

Characteristics of Resilient Children:

  • Socially skillful
  • Sense of control over their response to life
  • Reflective approach to life (thinks and then acts)
  • Goal-directed
  • Curiosity and interest in education (often 'caught' reading!)
  • Presence of inspirational individual / role model
  • Ability to separate from destructive people and situations
  • Take moderate risks
  • Stress-inoculated (anticipated and prepared for crises)
  • View crises as challenges, not catastrophes

Recommendations for Promoting Resilience:

  • Encourage child to have friends by being one.
  • Encourage autonomy and opportunities for responsible decision-making.
  • Encourage divergent thinking (have child plan more than one solution).
  • Get child involved in long-term projects to promote goal-setting and delayed gratification.
  • Encourage interest in education and promote reading.
  • Challenge, but never put-down child’s views.
  • Provide a strong family support base, and encourage individual extra-curricular pursuits.
  • Do not expect of encourage perfection.
  • Teach the art of reframing problems as challenges.
  • Be what you want the child to be: model resilience.

Sure hope this is helpful!

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