Dyslexia Articles

Dyslexia Articles: I have struggled with dyslexia for my entire life. School—because it involved reading and writing—was a nightmare for me. But I survived and even learned to thrive. Now I try to share helpful information as a dyslexia advocate so that parents and educators can help their dyslexic children and students to understand the condition and work with it with patience, optimism, and perseverance. I’ve written many blog articles and magazine articles about dyslexia. I hope that some of the following archives will be helpful to you and your family.

Audio is available for many of these blogs in case you prefer to listen to them.

Genetics and Early Diagnosis of Dyslexia

Genetics of Dyslexia: Part 1

Genetics of Dyslexia: Part 1 While there is no one “dyslexia gene,” genetics do play a role when a child develops dyslexia. It’s important to note that genetics is just one part of dyslexia; a…

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The Multiple Deficit Model of Dyslexia

The Multiple Deficit Model of Dyslexia A few years ago, my wife and I drove her parents to Houston in their new van. It was a top-of-the-line Honda, spacious and comfortable, but my wife’s stepdad…

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Dyslexia and the Reading Brain

Dyslexia and the Reading Brain When I was a boy, I loved taking mechanical things apart. All the moving parts that created a functioning clock, watch, radio, and so on just fascinated me. I was…

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Dyslexia and the Visual Brain

Dyslexia and the Visual Brain If you ask me, life is too full of acronyms as it is. And today we’re discussing yet another one. But this one refers to an important area of the…

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Articles About Adult Dyslexia

Dyslexia and Relationships

Dyslexia and Relationships. It’s a fact: many folks struggle with their relationships, especially in marriage. All too often, couples split up or divorce. As a child from a broken home, I was determined never to…

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Adult Dyslexia and Reading

Adult Dyslexia and Reading In both the fields of research and education there is a tremendous focus on diagnosing dyslexia in children and developing reading remediation programs to help them learn to read. This is…

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Living with an Adult with Dyslexia

In my last blog, I talked about 5 hallmarks of being an adult with undiagnosed or misunderstood dyslexia. In my youth and well into adulthood, I knew I was dyslexic, but it was just a…

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Articles about Children and Dyslexia

Audiobooks, Dyslexia, and the Brain

Audiobooks, Dyslexia, and the Brain Some people wonder if audiobooks are a “legit” way for dyslexic students to read? A recent conversation with a frustrated parent led me to look for a way to help.…

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Dyslexia Is Like Black-and-White Photography

Dyslexia Is Like Black-and-White Photography Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about all the ways a person can live with a limitation. Sometimes limitations are imposed upon us by others—a curfew for a teen, HOA…

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How Reading Shapes the Brain

How Reading Shapes the Brain The other day I came across a quote that stopped me in my tracks. It read, “Reading is everything, and saying so is more than an inspirational slogan. It’s now…

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Early Signs of Reading Difficulties

Early Signs of Reading Difficulties: Interview with reading specialist Faith Borkowsky One of the most dynamic, energetic people I know is fellow author Faith Borkowsky. Faith has decades of training and experience as a specialist…

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Reading Teacher Challenge: Dyslexia

Reading Teacher Challenge: Dyslexia 2022 ALTA Summit Part 2 Welcome back to the continued discussion as reading specialists responded to my question, “What are your greatest challenges when working with children with dyslexia?” Reading Teacher…

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Applying the Science of Reading

There is a national crisis. Several may come to mind as you read that statement, but I’m referring to the national reading crisis. Those of you familiar with my work and this blog know I…

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Dying to Read and Write

Students with undiagnosed learning difficulties such as dyslexia are at a higher risk for depression and suicidal tendencies. Why is this fact often overlooked? Read the following article by educator Faith Borkoswky, author of Failing…

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Helping Your Child Understand Dyslexia

There are times in every parent’s life when they need to help their child understand a difficult concept. It could be something like the reason for someone’s emotional outburst, the illness or loss of a…

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Dyslexia: Before and After

It’s nothing short of arresting to consider the fact that even though dyslexia was identified about 150 years ago, there’s still a lot of misunderstanding and outright prejudice about it, even among some highly trained…

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Dyslexia and Grit: What You Need to Know Now

Those of us with dyslexia know (as do parents and teachers of dyslexics) that one of the frequent hallmarks of dyslexia is that accomplishing anything requires sustained levels of intensive effort with slower-than-usual-appearing results. As…

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When Reading is Hard

Author Kate Di Camillo said, “Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift.” I couldn’t agree more. But the sad truth…

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Dyslexia, Reading, and Mixed Motor Messages

I recently interviewed elementary school teacher Judy Therrien on my Cardboard Box Adventures Radio Show. Judy has worked in public school education for over 50 years and for the past 40 years, she has focused…

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Are There Advantages to Being Dyslexic?

What are the advantages to being dyslexic? I’ve often written in this blog about the challenges dyslexics face, especially when learning to read and write, but today I thought I would talk about the positive…

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Everyone Fails at First

As a child who struggled mightily to learn how to learn, and then struggled especially hard when it came to learning how to read and write, I well know what failure feels like. It was…

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The Precious Gift of Reading

I had the privilege of giving a speech in Georgia earlier this month at this year’s Decatur Book Festival (September 3, 2016). I spoke about the challenge that learning to read presents to children with…

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Helping ALL Kids Learn to Read

Reading, in the not-so-distant past, was a right and privilege limited to royalty, the wealthy, or religious clerics. Books were rare and expensive. But fast-forward a couple of thousand years and, thankfully, the printed word…

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Helping Teachers Help ALL Kids Learn to Read

In my last blog, I talked about how hundreds of thousands of children either cannot read well or cannot read with meaningful comprehension due to reading challenges, such as dyslexia. Tragically, a staggering 66% of…

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Comics as a Coping Skill: Part 1

Now that the 2020-2021 school year has begun, things are crazier than ever, and you might wonder what relevance comics as a coping skill might provide. If your school district has opened its doors, you…

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