About Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability.  Dyslexia refers to a cluster of symptoms, which result in people having difficulties with specific language skills, particularly reading. Students with dyslexia usually experience difficulties with other language skills such as spelling, writing, and pronouncing words. Dyslexia is a learning disability because it can make it very difficult for a student to succeed academically in the typical instructional environment. 

Current studies suggest that 15-20% of the population has a reading disability. Of those, 85% has dyslexia. Dyslexia occurs in people of all backgrounds and intellectual levels. For more information, please click here.
 

Signs of Dyslexia

 

  • delayed speech
  • mixing up the sounds and syllables in long words
  • chronic ear infections
  • severe reactions to childhood illnesses
  • constant confusion of left versus right
  • late establishing a dominant hand
  • difficulty learning to tie shoes
  • trouble memorizing their address, phone number, or the alphabet
  • can't create words that rhyme
  • a close relative with dyslexia
  • dysgraphia (slow, non-automatic handwriting that is difficult to read
  • letter or number reversals continuing past the end of first grade
  • extreme difficulty learning cursive
  • terrible spelling
  • trouble with math
    • memorizing multiplication tables
    • memorizing a sequence of steps
    • directionality
  • when speaking, difficulty finding the correct word
    • lots of "whatyamacallits" and "thingies"
    • common sayings come out slightly twisted
  • extremely messy bedroom, backpack, and desk
  • dreads going to school
    • complains of stomach aches or headaches
    • may have nightmares about school
  • slow, choppy, inaccurate reading:
    • guesses based on shape or context
    • skips or misreads prepositions (at, to, of)
    • ignores suffixes
    • can't sound out unknown words

All of the preschool and elementary school symptoms plus:

  • limited vocabulary
  • extremely poor written expression
    • large discrepancy between verbal skills and written compositions
  • unable to master a foreign language
  • difficulty reading printed music
  • poor grades in many classes

Mission Statement

Helping bright children meet their potential.

The dePaul School for Dyslexia is an independent, not-for-profit organization that educates children with dyslexia and related language-based learning difficulties, enabling them to achieve academic and personal success.

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The dePaul School

2747 Sunset Point Road
Clearwater, FL 33759

727-796-7679