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  1. I have a daughter with dyslexia who was not diagnosed until fourth grade. She was fortunate enough to be able to go through Scottish Rite’s Dyslexia program. She has now skipped a grade in school and has never made anything but straight A’s. It is amazing what the dyslexic brain can do. To top it off she is also a very gifted athlete.

  2. I am dyslexic. I was lucky to be diagnosed early on and get the help that I needed like Celeste. This is a fabulous article and it’s great to see all of the wonderful research that is being done in Boston for people with learning disabilities. The best take away from this is that it is not a deficiency of intelligence. We are just as smart as non-dyslexic people but we learn in a different way. It’s very interesting to read about the nuts and bolts of what’s going on with the physiology in my brain. I can’t wait to hear what Dr. Perrachione’s conclusion is. I hope more dyslexic children get diagnosed early and get the help they need. Hopefully more children will be understood and not struggle in school. I love to learn but I’ve always hated school. It’s a very odd feeling.

    I work in Research Administration at Harvard. Hopefully federal research funding remains a priority. This research could not be done without federal funding. Thank you.

  3. My daughter (now 14) was diagnosed with severe dyslexia at age 6 (36 point discrepancy at time of initial testing.) We were able to get early intervention for her as spent MANY hours practicing over the years since then. She is definitely still dyslexic, but she had an awesome combination of being both very smart and very hard working. Today she is a straight-A student, an officer in her school’s NJHS program, and very involved with art and music and theater. She amazes me daily. She still has an IEP, which helps a bit.

  4. In the 1970’s I struggled to “break the reading code” for 3 years. I struggled through school until academic success was based on conceptual understanding instead of memorization. memories have very few words, I think in ideas without language and then have to translate to language to share with others. During college my classmates studying OT with me had a great time pointing out all of my dyslexic tendencies; try a group study of A&P or Neuroanatomy and it becomes blatantly obvious. I did not realize until then that I was a bit dyslexic. Then, being an OT I began observing my family. Definitely Dad and 2 of my 4 siblings. Now I am watching the next generation. A predominant feature in those offspring with parents with dyslexic tendencies(being an OT, always careful to leave the diagnosis to the PHDs). When I suspected my daughter of having this tendency I struggled for intervention within the school for her; she did not qualify, scoring just a bit over the threshold of 1.5SD below the norm. I had to access private intervention. I am most interested in the potential for a clear diagnosis with interventions that are applicable in the classroom setting as I suspect many in our public schools are under diagnosed and not adequately supported.

  5. Addendum- ” blatantly obvious” is that as person with dyslexic tendencies with no formal intervention I formed 2 distinct vocabularies. Oral and written/read. Reading without sounds I had no idea how to pronounce a word unless another person said the word while I was looking at it and I remembered it by its shape. Oral vocabulary with no idea of how to even begin spelling a word. Thus the humorous trials and tribulations of medical terminology in a group setting.

  6. I am dyslexic. Actually reading this article was really hard for me. I got frustrated because I could finish reading.

    Actually I don’t feel bad that I have dyslexia, because it is a really good power that we have. Becuase Dyslexia as been so hard on me, I have always find a way to solve the problem dyslexia as put in front.

    I believe dyslexia is not a disability, dislexia is a gift!

  7. While I don’t have dyslexia, I do have other disabilities which made learning to read exceptionally difficult. The part of this article that resinated with me was the emphasis on diagnosis at an early age. Even though I was diagnosed at 18, my mother recognized my struggles in the classroom very early on and we supplemented with tutoring. I think it is important that children with any kind of reading issue (diagnosed or suspected) seek help immediately. It is especially important for not only parents to seek out children struggling but also any adult, parental figure, or guardian because a child may not have the fortune to attentive parents. Acknowledgement of struggle and then helping is the biggest yet easiest step to take. Just some thoughts. This was a really good read. Thank you

  8. My daughter was finally diagnosed as dyslexic in 7th grade. Her biggest issue is actually dysgraphia which branded her as stupid as a child and still reads up as an adult. It is amazing how much people equate spelling with intelligence. After the testing she got an IEP which did help with teachers’ attitudes. I still wonder what the effective tutoring interventions are. The only local group I found required a large upfront payment equivalent to college tuition and emphasized that the program might not work. We had limited income back then and decided against the program. I look forward to more reliable treatments. She could spell the test words verbally but on paper some turned up with the letter order jumbled and letter mix ups, especially b, d and p. One of my friends described how things on paper didn’t stay still. They flipped back and forth as she looked at them. She grew out of that in high school. Interestingly both of them are particularly sensitive in reading people.

    1. Orton-Gillingham is a great program for dysgraphia and dyslexia. I’ve been learning how to teach and I’ve seen great improvement with my kids!!

  9. We knew our daughter was probably dyslexic at 4 years old. It took us until she was 7 (and LOTS of fighting for it) to get her tested and diagnosed. We are so fortunate to be here where Scottish Rite is and she is now attending the Shelton School. My question/concern is regarding working memory though. She has ZERO working memory and I’m wondering if the dyslexia therapy she is receiving can really help that? We had to go back for more testing for possible dyscalculia and are waiting on those results…but my biggest concern is that memory piece. So many of you here have success stories, did your children also have the memory issue?

  10. My son was diagnosed with moderate dyslexia when he was in the 2nd grade, He has worked with Orton Gillingham and just also worked really hard to find his own learning strategies. He utilizes technology in his writing and reading, but his biggest asset has been perseverance. He is now in the 10th grade. He has successfully taught himself German (almost fluent) and plans to attend university in Germany. He gets A/Bs in a competitive international school in Asia. He is now planning a career Film Directing and Writing. He is presently writing a screenplay for a short film that tells the story of a a child with dyslexia who lives out his dream of “telling stories”. Do not ever think your child cannot do something because of a label. They can do ANYTHING!!!

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