October is set aside as National Dyslexia Awareness month with the express purpose of helping friends, family and the wider community understand the challenges posed by a diagnosis of dyslexia.
According to the official definition of the International Dyslexia Association, dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.
For more information about National Dyslexia Awareness Month, contact Alyssa Dillion, of Mississippi Dyslexia Centers, 601-259-1090 or visit msdyslexiacenter.com.