Dyslexia in the Classroom

Although it may be crushing at first to learn that your child suffers from dyslexia, it is not a death sentence towards their future education. Almost 5-10% of all Americans suffer from different levels of dyslexia. It may help to understand that dyslexia is a condition in which a child is unable to differentiate the difference between similar letters and their sounds thus making it very hard for them to learn to read and write.

Extra Help

However, schools provide specialized help for these children so that this condition does not hamper their ongoing education. It has been proven that they need extra help in gaining the basic fundamentals of reading and writing, but that they are not a lost cause. In fact, many famous engineers were dyslexic, including Thomas Edison and Steve Jobbs the owner of Apple. This proves that your child is capable of learning how to read, if you catch and treat the problem.

The reason why your child was sent to a professional for observation is not with the purpose of labeling them as a failure, but so that their learning disability is diagnosed and your child's dyslexic issues can be treated within the education system. Your child likely is going to need extra attention while learning to read and write, but they will still be able to learn at the same level as anyone else.

Regular and Special Education Classes

It will probably be recommended that your child participate both in regular classes and special education classes. These special education classes will involve a group of teachers who have studied the special needs of children with disabilities so that they can best help your child learn. In the case of dyslexia, often during special education classes the child will review letters and their appearance and sound at a much slower rate than children in the classroom.

Children with dyslexia have a harder time quickly differentiating the differences between sound and sight. Slowing down the process and sounds of words helps them see that there is a significant difference between “b” and “d” and trains them to gradually be able to recognize it better. If the condition is treated heavily and constantly while they are children, as adults it may not be a difficult impediment at all for them.


While dyslexia can never be completely cured, educators will aim to teach your child how to live with it and train them to be able to make the distinctions necessary so that they themselves can look over their work and determine when they have made a mistake. Being able to recognize the difference between the words and sounds after they have made the mistake is the key here, because then they can go back and fix the solution.

While it may take them longer to complete work than other students, and they may have to work harder, they are capable of producing the same high level of results.