Dyslexia is a learning disorder that results in reading and writing difficulties. Dyslexia is found in populations around the world but rates can be particularly high in countries where the written language uses irregular spelling or features combinations of letters with different sound possibilities. English is full of these combinations (such as the ou in cough and through) as well as different spellings that all make the same sound (such as the o sound in stole, coal, and bowl). It is estimated that 15% of the U.S. population suffers from dyslexia.
“I hate reading!” a response that I heard regularly from my young daughter through her years at primary school. We would have lovely times reading books together, but I missed the fact that she would get me to do all the reading!
At the age of 11, a good friend of the family asked my daughter if she would read something out for a service at our local church. That reading never happened because my daughter had an emotional meltdown. She wanted to help but couldn’t bring herself to stand up in public and read.
It was at this point that my wife and I realised that our daughter may have been dyslexic because her refusal and the emotions that went with it were uncharacteristic of our daughter.