Dyslexia is not a disease

Question:

Can dyslexia be cured?

Answer:

There is no cure for dyslexia:  dyslexia is not a disease, and it is not the result of a brain injury or defect. Dyslexic people think primarily in pictures, not words, and have difficulty learning to work with symbols such as letters or numerals. When they are confused or frustrated as children, they begin to experience distorted perceptions, such as reversals of letters, and develop life-long learning blocks that hamper their progress.

The problems that prevent learning can be corrected. That is, dyslexic children and adults can learn to recognize and to control the mental state that results in distorted perceptions, thus eliminating this problem. They can also learn new and more effective approaches to reading, writing, spelling, or math calculation, and thus overcome problems at school or work.

The concept of correction is different than cure, because a after a Dyslexia Correction program the person is still dyslexic.  They still have all the positive traits associated with dyslexia, and they will from time to time experience challenges because of their dyslexia. However, dyslexia correction provides the person with the ability to control their dyslexia and to learn to do things that once caused difficulty well, despite their dyslexia.

5 comments

  • Frank J

    I would like to ask a question, if a school head told a dyslectic pupil to go home as they are ill and needed to get better solely because they were dyslectic, would the pupil and parents feel distressed, insulted even?
    My daughter was diagnosed with ADD, not the disruptive type but the workaholic type, confused with reading and her mind in a fog. Physically and otherwise she is in good health. The head called her in last week and sent her home insisting she should stay away from school until she recovered from her ADD illness.
    I’m at a loss to know what to do so I wondered if this ever happened to a dyslectic pupil as they are both mental disabilities, not sickness or illness as our school believes.

    • Abigail Marshall, DDAI webmaster

      Frank, obviously this is inappropriate and reflects a gross level of ignorance about ADHD as well as dyslexia!

      If this is a private school you might want to reconsider your choice of schools for your daughter. While of course, your daughter has the right to attend the school, it is hard to see how a school that is so misinformed about the nature of ADHD can provide the support and understanding you want for your daughter.

      Keep in mind that the inattentive type of ADHD that you described (“confused with reading and her mind in a fog”) is very likely dyslexia, even if not formally diagnosed. The confusion over reading causes disorientation, so the “mind in a fog” part is often a symptom of the reading difficulty, though the process is circular so it is hard to know what comes first. See https://www.dyslexia.com/davis-difference/davis-theory/the-cause-of-dyslexia/

      You might want to talk with a Davis Facilitator, as our programs address both these problems at once — the attention focus and the reading — you will find full listings at https://www.davismethod.org/

      As to your rights within the school context, if you are in the UK you might want to check the resources available from the British Dyslexia Association — this webpage would be a good start: https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/news/british-dyslexia-association-launch-comprehensive-advice-for-parents-on-the-legal-rights-of-their-dyslexic-child

  • Claudette M

    Can you help me I’m 53 I’m dyslexic and I need help.
    Is there any help out there.

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