Importance of Early Intervention
It is estimated that 70-80% of people with poor reading skills are likely dyslexic. It is also estimated that one in five students, or 15-20% of the population, has a language based learning disability. Dyslexia is the most common of the language based learning disabilities. Nearly the same percentage of males and females have dyslexia.
Dyslexia effects people from different ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. The sooner a child is diagnosed and receives support, the more likely he or she will achieve long-term improvements.
Dyslexic children can usually succeed at the same levels as others once they are diagnosed and start receiving extra support and attention and home, school, and across educational settings. Children suspected of suffering from dyslexia are recommended to undergo educational, cognitive and/or neuropsychological testing. These tests typically include a series of reading, spelling, drawing, math and intelligence tests, as well as visual tests, laterality tests, visual scanning tests, sequencing, auditory perception tests, and other tests to examine which brain functions are interfering with their language acquisition and normal school learning. Dyslexia also affects adults but those who receive early interventions often learn how to compensate for this difficulty by adulthood. Dyslexic adults, however, tend to continue to have difficulty with language skills throughout their lives. However, a dyslexia diagnosis is no barrier to success! Some famous dyslexics include such famous individuals as the first president of the United States George Washington, Albert Einstein, Hans Christian Anderson (a famous children’s book writer), U.S. Army General George Patton, Leonardo Da Vinci (Italian artist and painter), Alexander Graham Bell (a famous inventor who invented the telephone), actors Whoopi Goldberg, Henri Winkler, Tom Cruise and Orlando Bloom as well as others.