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Dyslexia and Common Misconceptions

Gemm Learning, Common Misconceptions, Dyslexia

Dyslexia is the most common language-based learning disability. However, it is frequently misunderstood. The term is often referenced beside descriptions of letter reversals and reading difficulty. But reversals are an unreliable indicator, challenges occur in varying degrees, and writing and speech are just as likely to be impacted. Dyslexia is characterized by a deficit in phonological awareness…


From Struggling Reader to “A” Student

Struggling reader young boy

Samuel is an extremely bright young man, who had always been a struggling reader. He has an excellent memory. If his teacher asked him a question, and he could respond orally, he exceeded expectations. But, if he had to read the questions himself or put an answer on paper, the results were very different. By 5th grade, Samuel’s reading and writing were at least two years below grade level. He …


A 75 Year Old Overcomes Her Lifelong Struggle With Dyslexia

Adult Literacy Gemm Learning Case Study

For most of her life, Sandy was only able to read at a 4th grade level. She considered herself “almost a nonreader” as a result.  She didn’t enjoy reading. Though to her credit, she always worked hard at it. She sought alternative activities where extensive reading wasn’t a necessity. Despite her struggles with adult literacy, Sandy earned a degree in home economics. She ran her own s…


9 Surprising Clues Of Dyslexia in Children

Are you worried your child’s slow start to reading might indicate dyslexia?

Is your older child struggling with reading, but you are not sure how serious it is?

Should you act now or will your child’s reading difficulties most likely resolve naturally?

We all know the key to helping dyslexia in children is early and intensive intervention.  If you can treat it early — in elementary …


Living With Dyslexia — Essay From Desiree’

In her essay, “Living with Dyslexia,” Gemm Learning’s 2016 Winter Dyslexia Scholarship recipient, Desiree’ McHellon, describes her early struggles with dyslexia, how she built confidence, and what she has learned from living with the disability.

One of my most significant life challenges has been overcoming dyslexia. I recall being diagnosed while in the second grade. At the time, I did not …


Paula Tallal On Dyslexia And Why Reading Scores Are Not Rising

On September 30, 2015 prominent neuroscience researcher and Fast ForWord software creator Dr. Paula Tallal testified in a hearing on the Research Excellence and Advancements for Dyslexia (READ) Act held by the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. The READ Act, currently under consideration by Congress, would require the National Science Foundation (NSF) to …