1. Dyslexia is rare. Reality: As many as 1 in 20 children have reaching challenges.
2. Dyslexia is about turning letters backward. Reality: Reading challenges present in many ways, including an inability to connect the sounds of words with their shapes and an inability to understand the order of words in a sentence
3. Dyslexia is about not being able to read at all. Reality: Children with dyslexia can usually read at a 1st or 2nd grade level but then they stall, and that level of reading is not sufficient in today’s world. We had one student who could read the word “the” and nothing else.
4. Dyslexia is easy to spot. Reality: Yes and no. Children have problems saying the alphabet in order, they will spell the same word two different ways in the same sentence, they will pronounce a word two different ways in the same sentence, they have trouble following directions. But children are clever at hiding these problems and some have found their own work-arounds that enable them to disguise their inability to read.
5. Dyslexia is forever. Reality: Yes and no. Dyslexia is a neurological condition, a glitch in the way the brain processes words. But the brain can be retrained and techniques to get around dyslexia can be learned and that is what Windy Row does through one-on-one tutoring.
6. Dyslexia is new. Reality: Until a few hundred years ago very few of us could read—there was no such thing as universal education—and the ability to read was not expected. It’s reading that is relatively new.
7. Dyslexia is rarely misdiagnosed these days. Reality: At Windy Row, we often see students who are misdiagnosed with ADD or a learning disability other than dyslexia. One reason dyslexia is often misdiagnosed as attention deficit disorder is that it’s really hard to pay attention in school when you can’t read.
8. Dyslexia condemns you to a life of low-income jobs. Reality: A recent study discovered that 30% of all successful entrepreneurs, with multi-million dollar companies, were dyslexic, some of them profoundly dyslexic. Many successful actors, painters and other creative people are dyslexic—the need to find other ways to communicate stimulates creativity and problem solving.
9. Children with dyslexia have no options in the Monadnock Region. Reality: Windy Row offers specialized afterschool tutoring to help children with dyslexia. In fact, we attract queries from VT and ME and have several summer students from families who vacation in this area from other states.
10. Windy Row is only for children with dyslexia. Reality: We help any child with a reading (or math) challenge even if the child hasn't been formally diagnosed with dyslexia. We usually see these children when they fall a year or two behind in school work but that is also not a requirement. If you are concerned about your child’s reading or math, contact us.