Throughout recent history, dyslexia has gone by other names, including:
- word deafness
- word blindness
- congenital word blindness
- specific word disability
- specific reading disability
“Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.” (source)
This definition makes it clear that dyslexia is not caused by laziness or intelligence, but rather by biology. Programs like Whizzimo are designed to support the type of instruction that will help to address some of the challenges faced by our dyslexic students.
To learn more about dyslexia, we recommend learning more about other organizations at the forefront of dyslexia education and advocacy like the International Dyslexia Association, Decoding Dyslexia, and Learning Ally.