Dyslexia literally means difficulty (dys) with reading at the word (lex) level. The term has existed since the late 1800s and is estimated to impact 5-20% of the population. There continue to be myths and misconceptions that surround dyslexia when educators, parents and professionals communicate. This presentation is intended to provide clarity on the definition, characteristics, common misperceptions and myths in the public school setting. Together we can help change understandings about dyslexia, and in particular, assure the success of students with dyslexia.
Lynn Loeser is a North Carolina Statewide Consultant for Specific Learning Disabilities and ADHD.