Dyslexia a Common but Treatable Condition

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Dyslexia a Common but Treatable Condition


Hogstrom, Erik, Telegraph - Herald (Dubuque)


Marion Huettner evaluates children, teenagers and college students for dyslexia.

The pediatric

psychologist with Medical Associates Clinic is

familiar with the learning disability and with the various misconceptions that cloud understanding of it.

"The biggest misconception is that students with dyslexia are only reversing letters," Huettner said.

October marks National Dyslexia Awareness Month, a time to dispel common misconceptions about the learning disability.

"Another misconception is that dyslexia is no different than any other reading problem, and that is, frankly, not true," Huettner said.

Here are five things to know about dyslexia:

1 It's a common problem.

Health officials estimate as many as one in 10 people have symptoms of at least mild dyslexia.

"It can be improved with the right intervention, but it is never fully cured," Huettner said. "As with anything, the earlier the

intervention can occur, the better."

2 Dyslexia represents a problem with language processing.

"When people have dyslexia, what they process gets sent to a different part of the brain," said Ann Lester, tutor coordinator with Northeast Iowa Community College's dyslexia program.

The college recently entered into a partnership with Unified Therapy to enhance and expand its program.

Most people with dyslexia have difficulty identifying the separate speech sounds within a word,

according to the International Dyslexia Association. …

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