Dyslexia Health News

Dyslexia is a learning disorder that specifically affects the ability to read. Something in the brain makes it difficult for a person with dyslexia to recognize words, spell words or interpret their meaning in order to read. People with dyslexia sometimes have trouble with writing and speaking as well.

Dyslexia is not a disorder that comes from poor teaching. Rather, it’s a fairly common neurological problem that involves the brain processing information differently. It's considered genetic in many instances, but when it develops in an adult, the condition may be the result of a brain injury or a symptom of dementia.


The severity and symptoms of dyslexia can vary widely. Some children struggle early on in their initial attempts to read, write or spell. They also may have trouble determining the difference between left and right. Others may have no trouble with early reading skills, but as they progress into more advanced reading comprehension, grammar and writing, the problems of dyslexia arise.


The prognosis for dyslexia is generally quite good, and most people with dyslexia can become good readers and writers. To overcome their limitations, they may need special tutoring, classes and devices to help them work harder at reading and writing. Parents of a child with dyslexia may want to speak with teachers and school administrators about getting the child extra help or extra time to work on assignments.

Because dyslexia can also be emotionally challenging for children, it’s important to address these issues, too. Some form of counseling may help children understand and accept their condition.

SOURCES: U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke; National Center for Learning Disabilities

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'Groundbreaking' Research Offers Clues to Cause of Dyslexia

Brain scans revealed that those with the reading disorder showed less ability to 'adapt' to sensory information

Dyslexia Unrelated to Vision Problems: Study

Eye therapies will not cure reading disorder, experts say

Scientists Find Differences in Brains of Those With Dyslexia

Scans showed less connectivity in regions linked to reading

Researchers See Link Between Dyslexia, Abuse

But they're not sure which one might lead to the other

Do Job Hunters Who Stutter Face Bias?

Participants in small British study reported rejection, unsuitable work

Video Games Might Help People With Dyslexia Learn to Read, Study Suggests

Sights, sounds may prove a distraction, researchers say

Slower Brain Connections May Be at Root of Dyslexia

Researchers find new insight into reading disorder

E-Readers Benefit Some With Dyslexia, Study Finds

Short lines of text may be easier to decipher

MRI Might Allow Earlier Diagnosis of Dyslexia: Study

Size of a structure in the brain appears to hold key to predicting, treating reading problems sooner

Vision, Dyslexia Not Linked: Study

Findings will advance understanding, treatment of the reading disorder, says expert

Brain Anatomy in Dyslexics Varies By Gender, Study Finds

Discovery suggests interventions for reading disability need to be tailored accordingly

Kids' Learning Disabilities May Have Multiple Causes

Educational approaches that address each issue work best, review suggests

Scientists May Have Spotted Brain's 'Numbers Center'

They pinpointed the tiny area activated by viewing '1' but not 'one'

Video Games May Sharpen Focusing Skills in Kids With Dyslexia

Study found children did better on reading tests after playing an action game

Brains of Fetuses 'Build a Bridge' Between Regions, Images Show

Research might one day lead to better treatments for disorders such as ADHD, autism, scientists say

Listening Aids May Help Boost Dyslexic Kids' Reading Skills

Devices seem to improve brain's recognition of sounds, study finds

Dyslexia May Be Caused by Signal Processing Problem in Brain

Researchers hope study findings will lead to more treatment options

To Help With Dyslexia, S p a c e L e t t e r s A p a r t, Study Says

Technique boosted kids' reading speed by more than 20 percent and doubled text-reading accuracy, researchers say

Study Suggests Treating Dyslexia Before Kids Learn to Read

The learning disability is linked to problems with visual attention, researchers contend

Dyslexia's Brain Changes May Occur Before Kids Learn to Read

Study findings might help identify at-risk children at younger age

Scientists Probe the Origins of Dyslexia

Differences in how people process sounds might be one cause of this learning disability, study suggests

Words Recognized by Looks, Not Sounds

Enhancing visual perceptions of words could help treat reading disorders, researchers say

Study Finds No Link Between Dyslexia and IQ

Results question how schools decide who gets reading help

Research Suggests Link Between 'Handedness' and Dyslexia

Finding based on scan of genomes of 192 children with reading difficulties

Dyslexia Linked to Differences in Brain Circuitry

Scans picked up structural variations in critical 'white matter,' researchers say

Health Tip: Looking for Early Signs of Dyslexia

Be aware of these possible symptoms

Dyslexia May Make It Tough to Tune Out School Noise

But sitting in front of teacher or using wireless technologies might help, experts say

Dyslexia More Complicated for Chinese

Study uncovers combination of phonological and visuospatial deficits

Writing Disorder May Be Common Among Kids

Study finds rate as high as 14.7 percent in one Minnesota city

Brain Scans Shed Light on Dyslexia

Mismatch occurs between seeing letter and the sound it represents, study suggests

Nerve Disorganization May Spur Form of Dyslexia

Brain scans show real differences, researchers say

Health Tip: Dyslexia in Adults

The problem is not always diagnosed in childhood

Health Tip: Symptoms of Dyslexia

Possible warning signs of learning disability

Health Tip: Dyslexia Varies from Person to Person

Treatment must be tailored to the individual

Researchers May Have Discovered Dyslexia Gene

Finding could lead to earlier treatment of the reading disorder, experts say

Culture Plays a Role in Dyslexia

Study finds disorder affects Chinese speakers differently

Dyslexics Have Less Gray Matter in Brain

Image finding supports value of intensive reading therapy

New Clues to Learning Disabilities Found

Delayed brain development and puberty may slow children down

Boys More Likely to Have Reading Problems

Review of studies confirms suspicions of experts

New Technique Can Help Dyslexic Kids Read Better

The normal paths to reading in the brain can be awakened, researchers report

Dyslexia Could Be 'Multi-Sensory' Disorder

Researchers now suggest there's a glitch in how the brain processes sight and sound together

Dyslexia Therapy Gets Kids' Brains on Track

Study finds intense instruction works in three weeks

Remedial Program Offers Hope for Dyslexics

It boosted brain activity in 20 children

Shapes, Sounds Help Dyslexic Kids Learn Words

Study finds improvement through audiovisual means