7 Myths About Dyslexia

by Rich on April 5, 2012 · 11 comments

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There are many common myths and misconceptions about Dyslexia.  We wanted to play a little myth busters game, and bring you 7 of the many common Myths about Dyslexia:

1. Dyslexia is a “Gift”

There may be some rare cases where a dyslexic child enjoys their daily struggles with reading, but we haven’t talked to any parents claiming this to be true.  ChromaGen Lenses are worn by folks who just can’t take their challenges with reading any longer.

2. Dyslexia is ONLY When People Reverse Letters

Dyslexia is extremely complex and people may suffer in a number of ways.  For instance, while one person may notice the words floating off the page, another person might see words that are blurry.  Symptoms can be different for each person.

3. People With Dyslexia are Stupid

There is no link between dyslexia and IQ.  In fact, there are a number of highly successful folks who were dyslexic, including Albert Einstein and Charles Schwab.  People with Dyslexia are intelligent and have the potential for amazing success in life, however, it’s important they receive the help and attention they need.

4. Dyslexia is Not Common

Millions of people are suffering from symptoms associated with Dyslexia, and that’s just in the United States.  Here’s an article we wrote about the massive amount of people that have dyslexia.

5. Only Boys are Dyslexic

False!  Absolutely, false.  While boys are more commonly referred for help from their teachers, this could be because of their boredom in the classroom and resulting rambunctiousness.

6. Dyslexia Can be Outgrown

Unfortunately, this is also false.  While the longer one suffers, they may develop coping strategies and learn how to best handle their symptoms of dyslexia, dyslexics do suffer for life.

7.  Dyslexics are Lazy

False. Dyslexics are far from lazy, in fact, their brain may be working up to 5 harder than other children doing the same task.  This results in frustration and exhaustion, which leaves them giving up on their task before the other children.


What other some other popular myths about dyslexia that you know of?

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Amy May 5, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Yeah I’m dyslexic and I can read books just fine i only cart when it’s on bright white paper !


Rich May 5, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Hi Amy – thanks for the comment. What’s most challenging for you if I may ask?


Robyn stallings March 19, 2013 at 9:45 pm

My husband and daughter both have dyslexia. My daughter has gotten early intervention and is extremely successful. I have been able to observe the ” gifts ” in their dyslexia. They approach the world in a different way. My husband can build a house without a blue print. My daughter is extremely creative and thinks outside the box ( so much that her teachers often asks her what she thinks about a topic). I realize that my daughter is a minority because she received appropriate, early intervention. This has allowed us to celebrate the unique gifts that are left after the disability has been avoided.


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Lara September 5, 2014 at 4:00 pm

The most common micpreseption among people outside the industry is that dyslexia or any number of other learning disabilities is that it is a disease dyslexics are not diseased, and the remedial supports they receive help them access knowledge by using different parts of the brain.Another early warning sign or symptom has to do with the actual production of the sounds of language. Individuals with phonological processing disorders are often very difficult to understand when speaking, and it is not limited to saying things like pasgetti for spaghetti . As a result of constantly hearing what did you say? these kids often become very quiet.


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