The first thing to understand about dyslexia is that it is not—I repeat—it is NOT tied to IQ. You are not stupid if you are dyslexic. You are not retarded or have any form of retardation. It has nothing to do with not working hard enough or not paying attention. Dyslexia is a unique, inherited learning difference. A dyslexic mind simply learns differently than other minds.
Dyslexia is more than getting the letters mixed up. It is actually a genetic, learning difference where the brain has difficulty deciphering language symbols. For people with dyslexia, there is a localized weakness in the phonologic module of the brain—the part of the brain where the sounds of language are put together to form words.
While dyslexics struggle with reading, word decoding, oral reading fluency and spelling, they may also struggle with organizational skills, keeping time, planning and prioritizing, and concentrating with background noise. However, dyslexics commonly excel at thinking out of the box, connecting ideas, and seeing the big picture. They may also be gifted in areas of art, drama, music, computer science, design, math, mechanics, physics, sales and sports. Remember, dyslexia is a language-based learning difference that is more than just getting letters mixed up or out of order. By understanding dyslexia, you can teach dyslexic children language, reading and spelling in a way their brains will understand it.
Dyslexia is not the end of the road. There is hope and there is help.
Dr. Donald Lyman personally trained Enid Duncan. The following videos explain Dr. Lyman's method.