Not All Dyslexia Is The Same

Tue, Apr 28, 2015

Many parents call me with concerns about their child’s reading. My first question to them is always, “Is the problem comprehension or decoding the words on the page?” Reading problems come in both forms and certainly overlap and intermingle. When most people talk about dyslexia though, they are talking about decoding the words on the page. Even within that category though there unofficial “types” of dyslexia – which again can overlap and intermingle. Knowing where the breakdown(s) is occurring can help to inform best practices and ideally help the therapist tailor a program to the individual child.

This article by Peg Rosen for is a nice summary of some of the unofficial “types” of dyslexia with an explanation of the skill level where the breakdown is occurring.