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Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a brain-processing difference that limits the efficiency of reading. People with dyslexia often have remarkable strengths, such as creativity and problem solving. Neuropsychological evaluation helps to clarify diagnosis of dyslexia, and gives an understanding of your child’s particular strengths. Work with the neuropsychologist to find your child’s best path for learning, when reading is a struggle.

How Neuropsychology Can Help

A neuropsychological evaluation looks carefully at potential reasons for learning struggles, and integrates information from several different sources in order to gain insight into your child’s learning. Dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia are a few of the learning disorders we can assess for. Contact us to get the process started, so we can help understand why school is hard, and work together to find ways to make learning fun.

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Dyslexia is:

  • A learning difference characterized by difficulty with decoding words, reading fluency, and/or big-picture reading comprehension
  • Often linked with high levels of creativity, ingenuity, cognitive flexibility, and spatial skills
  • Usually related to underlying inefficiencies in the sound-symbol connection, made up of phonological processing (a system used to process basic word sounds) and rapid automatic naming (the mastery of the link between phonemes and symbols)
  • Often reflective of differences in brain development that can result in advanced skills and abilities in other areas
  • Often inherited, with one or more family members also having reading difficulties
  • Often co-occurring with other learning differences such as dyscalculia, dysgraphia, or ADHD
  • Sometimes overshadows strengths such as high visual spatial or hands-on intelligence, which are less emphasized in typical educational curricula

Dyslexia is not:

  • Something to hide or be ashamed of
  • Untreatable
  • Related to intelligence

Someone with dyslexia may show:

  • Difficulty learning to recognize letters and/or numbers
  • Difficulty mastering the letter-sound associations
  • Difficulty sounding out words, relying more on the memorization of sight words
  • Non-fluent, choppy reading
  • A need to re-read passages multiple times to gain understanding
  • Trouble with reading comprehension
  • Inability to finish tests that require reading
  • Avoidant or disruptive behaviors during classroom activities or homework time
  • Anxiety, learned helplessness, or self-deprecating comments around learning

Contact Us

Contact us to schedule a neuropsychological evaluation to help determine whether a diagnosis of dyslexia is appropriate for your child, and to formulate a plan to help him/her learn best.