Dyslexia Awareness  Chapa-De Indian Health Auburn Grass Valley | Medical Clinic

Dyslexia Awareness 

Dyslexia Awareness 

Chapa-De Indian Health Auburn Grass Valley | Medical Clinic


Have you heard of dyslexia? Dyslexia is a condition that affects your reading ability, and 20% of the population suffers from this challenging disorder. This month is Dyslexia Awareness Month. Keep reading to learn more.

What is dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a condition that affects our ability to read. When we read, our brain is quickly connecting letters to sounds so that we can understand sentences and paragraphs. People with dyslexia aren’t able to connect letters and sounds as quickly, making it hard to read fluently, spell words correctly and learn other languages, to name a few possible challenges.

How do I know if I have dyslexia?

Anyone can have or develop dyslexia, but it typically runs in families. It is linked to a gene that affects how the brain processes reading and language. 

There are many different signs you may have dyslexia. There are different signs at different ages, too. Some of the most common at each stage are:

  • Before school
    • Late talking
    • Learning new words slowly
    • Problems remembering and naming letters
  • School age
    • Reading below the expected level for the age
    • Trouble processing what you hear
    • Difficulty finding words or answers to questions 
    • Trouble sounding words out
  • Teens and adults
    • Difficulty reading, especially aloud
    • Slow and labor-intensive reading and writing
    • Problems spelling
    • Difficulty memorizing
    • Difficulty doing simple math problems
  • Click HERE to read more about the warning signs at each age level.

How do I treat dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a lifelong condition, meaning it cannot be cured. But there are many ways to improve your ability to read even with dyslexia. Methods of improvement include:

  • Tutoring
  • Specialized education
  • Emotional support
  • Early assessment and intervention
  • Click HERE to read more about treating dyslexia.

If you are concerned that your or your child suffers from dyslexia, you should consult your healthcare team at Chapa-De. We will be able to help you design a treatment plan and refer you to a specialist if necessary.

For more information, please call our Auburn location at (530) 887-2800 or our Grass Valley location at (530) 477-8545 or visit us online at chapa-de.org.




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