Let’s be clear — dyslexia is not the same for everyone.
As researchers who study dyslexia, we often read articles or overhear conversations that completely misunderstand what dyslexia is – or how it can be treated.
Dyslexia is the term used to describe someone with reading difficulties – and it affects up to 10% of Australians.
A reader with dyslexia may have difficulty in reading unusual words like yacht; have difficulty with nonsense words like frop; misread slime as smile; struggle to understand passages; or struggle in a number of other ways when reading.
To coincide with Dyslexia Empowerment Week – aimed at raising awareness and understanding of the disorder – we highlight the seven most common misconceptions about dyslexia.
Myth 1: I’m a bad speller because I’m dyslexic
Some researchers and organisations include spelling problems in their definition of dyslexia. This can be a problem because spelling and reading are different skills even if they are both based on written language.
Scroll through to see some well-known individuals who have dyslexia. (Post continues after gallery.)