Dyslexia literally means an inability to read. Children and adults with dyslexia have to put more energy and effort into reading and are more easily distracted than the average reader. Dyslexia is not linked to intelligence. Dyslexia is diagnosed in people with high, average or low intelligence. Dyslexia is often diagnosed if no other causes for reading and writing problems can be identified.
Dyslexia does not only affect the ability to read with ease but can also cause difficulties with writing. Most dyslexics make an above-average number of spelling errors and especially children learning to write can use extra support for learning spelling and grammar.
There are 37 unique characteristics of dyslexia. Every person with dyslexia is different and doesn't necessarily experience each and every characteristic. We have an overview of the 37 characteristics which you can find here to download
Dyslexia in children is often detected when they have to read out loud. The child may read either faster or slower than average. When children read fast, they tend to make many mistakes. This is because the child often guesses the word instead of actually reading it. When children read extra slowly, they are spelling the words. This impedes the proper pronunciation of the word. Typically there is also a combination of the two reading speeds.
Research has shown that heredity can play a role in the development of dyslexia. When one of the parents is dyslexic, the probability of the child being predisposed to it is 50%. When both parents are dyslexic, the probability increases to 80%.
Dyslexie font has developed a unique font which improves the life of people with dyslexia. Heavy baselines, varying ascending/descender lengths and semi-italics, among others, assures that the Dyslexia font offers optimal reading comfort. Judging from the advice on the various national dyslexia information websites, children with dyslexia need extra practice to reach a minimum reading level.
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