Understanding Dyslexia: Basic Facts About This Learning Disability (INFOGRAPHIC)

Learning to write and read is really hard to do, especially when you have a learning disorder like dyslexia. Also called specific reading disability, it affects 1 in 10 kids and 2.9 million children in the United States. Dyslexia is not a matter of intelligence or visual acuity and is not related to a person’s IQ.

The basics

According to the Mayo Clinic,

Dyslexia is a learning disorder characterized by difficulty reading due to problems identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words. Also called specific reading disability, dyslexia is a common learning disability in children.

Recent studies stipulate that genes play a major role in this condition. As time goes by, children affected by dyslexia can develop emotional and social problems such as low self-esteem, behavior problems, anxiety, aggression, depression as well as withdrawal from friends, parents, and teachers.

Dissecting dyslexia

Dyslexia could be due to the stress, daily frustration and a constant sense of failure they endure in the school environment. Dyslexic students even face the risk of having attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (also known as ADHD).

This language-based disorder can go undiagnosed for many years and could be discovered only in adulthood. Dyslexia is caused by a dysfunction of the brain’s area related to language and sounds.

It affects the ability of a person to read and understand the written language. That’s why a dyslexic child often has trouble in school, specifically with writing, spelling, speaking and math.

But there is help available

Although dyslexia isn’t curable, there are some educational techniques that can help these children and, the sooner, the better. Psychological tests will determine which teaching program is suitable for the child.

Some teaching programs require using hearing, vision and also touch to help improve the reading skills of the dyslexic child. Furthermore, a reading specialist can offer tutoring sessions that can be very helpful with:

  • Identifying the smallest sounds that form words (called phonemes)
  • Realizing that some letters and strings of letters represent these sounds
  • Understanding what they are reading
  • Reading out loud
  • Enriching their vocabulary

Learning even more with an infographic

To learn more about dyslexia, check out the infographic below, created by the team at WE are TEACHERS. In it, you will find lots of information such as:

  • Understanding dyslexia
  • The numbers
  • Warning signs of dyslexia
  • 5 myths about dyslexia
  • Other learning disabilities to know
  • Children with dyslexia can grow to be very successful, just ask…
  • Things kids with dyslexia wish everyone knew

If you think your child could be dyslexic, don’t hesitate to contact your child’s pediatrician as soon as possible. Make a list of the symptoms your child is experiencing and also write down all the questions you want to ask your physician. Don’t forget that early intervention can give your child the tools needed to compensate their disability and live the best life they can live.

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16 thoughts on “Understanding Dyslexia: Basic Facts About This Learning Disability (INFOGRAPHIC)

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  1. Helli Auger,
    It’s my first time here on your blog, and sure, I must confess that you are doing a nice job here.
    Oh! You’ve talked alot about dyslexia and can be a very bad defect on our kids, I never new that such an ill existed that could affect our children’s reading and writing ability.
    Moms should take advantage of this articles as you have given a guide that can be of help to them.

    Nice infographics from ‘we are teachers’ team

    Thanks for sharing do have a wonderful day ahead.


    1. Hi Larry and welcome to my site!

      Glad you liked my post. I am a fan of infographics because I find them to help us understand more easily the topic. You are right when you say that this subject can help mothers with their kids and that’s why I wrote it to help those who have learning problems.

      Have a nice week and come back often! 🙂


    1. Hi Joanne,

      I am glad you liked it! You are so right when you say that the brain works in extraordinary ways. Dyslexia is still a very unknown condition and that’s why I wanted to share this with everyone, to help kids who suffer from this and also their parents!

      Have a great week and thanks for stopping by! 🙂


  2. Hi Nataly,

    That was an informative post 🙂

    You are right about dyslexia and all that you mentioned, it can develop emotional and social problems as you mentioned, and the worst being the withdrawal from parents and everyone else for that matter. One feels bad for those kids who aren’t able to read and spell their words correctly, and even mathematics. Makes us feel so lucky for all that we’ve been blessed with.

    Yes indeed, with help, such kids can be helped and it’s even the responsibility of those around them to make them feel confident of their abilities – that acts as a huge booster, isn’t it? Love the infographic as well.

    Thanks for sharing this with us. Have a nice week ahead.. 🙂


    1. Hi Harleena!

      Yeah this part really hit me because I know what it’s like to have a disease that no one understands and to be alone because of it. It struck a nerve! Not long ago, there was not much to do for those kids and it’s nice to see that they now can have the help they need and be able to read and write with more ease.

      Glad that you liked it and thanks for stopping by! Have a nice week ahead too! 🙂


  3. My mom is dyslexic, and she was raised long before it was identified. Luckily Grandma was a teacher and she worked with her diligently to overcome her natural instinct to reverse words.

    great post!


  4. Hi Audrey and welcome to my site!

    Like I said to Harleena, not long ago there wasn’t much help available for children who had dyslexia. Luckily, your mom had her mom to help her overcome this!

    Thanks for stopping by and have a nice week ahead! 🙂


  5. Hi Nataly,

    Thanks for sharing this information with us. You’ve shared some great information here and I”ll definitely be passing it along. I think there needs to be more awareness for this disease. a 35% drop out rate is too high.

    Happy Wednesay! Hope you’re having a great week so far!


    1. Hi Corina!

      Glad you liked it! 🙂

      We don’t talk about dyslexia enough and that’s why I wanted to share this with others! And you’re so right when you say that 35% drop out rate is too high. That’s why these kids must get the help they deserve so they want to stay in school..

      Thanks a lot for stopping by and for sharing this! 😉


    1. Hi Tina!

      I am really glad you like my post! Did your Taylor and your husband were ever diagnosed? I hope they are not too bothered by this!

      I am very happy that you are featuring my article in the IBA weekly roundup tomorrow. I will check this out for sure! 🙂

      Have a wonderful weekend and stop by anytime! 😉


  6. I have never heard that dyslexia is a problem with connecting the sound with the symbol represented by it or how prevalent it is. I am concerned my son has dyslexia now. He is doing eye therapy right now and it does seem to be helping, but I will definitely be investigating this further now! He spoke well and early and has excellent handwriting, but he is struggling with reading and completely work in a timely manner.


    1. Hi Crystal and welcome to my blog!

      So sorry to hear that your son is struggling with reading and completing his work on time. Dyslexia is a very complex condition and that’s why consulting a specialist can help clarify the issue. I am glad that eye therapy is helping.

      Hope he will find all the help he needs. Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by! 🙂


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