Dyslexia Awareness Month + Quiz for a Cause

Quiz for a Cause benefiting Odyssey School

downloadJOIN US! Monday, October 17th 8pm at Sherlock’s Pub North (9012 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78758) for a Geeks Who Drink ® Trivia Night benefiting Odyssey School. $5 suggested donation. Cash prize for the winning team. RSVP Here.

Dyslexia Awareness Month

At Odyssey, we are aware of the challenges and the attributes of being diagnosed with Dyslexia every day. If you or your child struggles with Dyslexia or any other reading disorder, than you more than likely know a lot about the research on the topic, but some may not know:

  • One in five students, 15-20% of the population, has a language based learning disability.
  • 80% of students with learning disabilities have dyslexia.
  • Dyslexia is not an emotional disorder, but the frustrating nature of this learning disability, especially without intervention, can lead to feelings of anxiety, anger, low self–esteem and depression.
  • 62% of non-readers dropped out of high school.
  • 30% of students with dyslexia also struggle with ADHD.

Sources: The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, International Dyslexia Association, National Center for Learning Disabilities, National Assessment of Adult Literacy, National Center for Education, National Institute for Literacy

dyslexicYou may also be surprised to learn that the Dyslexic brain is wired much differently than the non-Dyslexic brain. The new research is now offering evidence of the variances in the brains of infants! Boston Children’s Hospital has conducted valuable research using brain mapping to follow the brain tracts of these babies and toddlers (between 6 months and 18 months old). They have discovered that family history also plays a significant role in the diagnosis and brain differences.

This research is important because it can provide concrete evidence that early interventions are the most productive — as soon as children begin to learn language, it is now possible for the diagnosis to be made. As Dyslexia Awareness Month is upon us, we will continue to do our part in supporting our students in unique and innovative ways as well as educating ourselves, our families, and the community.

Check out THIS VIDEO to see some of the challenges Dyslexic readers face every day at school, at home, or even just at a restaurant. Here’s another example of what it is sometimes like to struggle with Dyslexia while surfing the web. **requires Adobe Flash

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