ORLANDO, FLA. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Whoopi Goldberg … Tom Cruise … Jennifer Aniston … what do these celebrities have in common? Yes, they all make millions on the big screen, but all three also have dyslexia.

It’s estimated that one in 10 people have dyslexia. It’s a learning impairment that causes problems with reading, writing, and spelling. The intelligence of dyslexic people is unaffected. This misunderstanding of the condition leads to stigma. This month is Dyslexia Awareness Month and it aims to bring more understanding and awareness about it.

These kids are friends and classmates, and they all share a common learning challenge. They all have dyslexia.

“It’s actually the way that the neural pathways of the brain are wired for reading.” Explains Cherrie Langston, Administrator/Principal, Park School, Orlando, Fl.

Scientists know more than ever about dyslexia.

But there are still a lot of misconceptions about this common learning difference.

Langston says, “I think some people, have a belief that dyslexia has to do with vision, that they see things upside down or reversed. That is true, but it’s not a vision issue. It’s the way the brain is wired.”

So how much do you know about it? Is reading and writing letters backwards the main sign of dyslexia?  Some kids with dyslexia write letters backwards and some don’t.

Next question… does dyslexia go away once kids learn to read

Langston says, “Even after you have intervention, you will always be dyslexic.”

And most children with dyslexia are also diagnosed with ADHD. And did you know there are dyslexia advantages?

Langston explains, “They are wonderful storytellers, oral storytellers, they are creative, artistic, uh, dyslexics make amazing entrepreneurs.”

Experts say it takes 3-4 years of intervention to see a difference in most people.

Sources:

https://austinlearningsolutions.com/blog/38-dyslexia-facts-and-statistics

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/cnmdrq8p5vtnm02/AAD5_wCxupO40UUn-KJ2S-L_a?dl=0https://www.understood.org/en/articles/common-myths-about-dyslexia-reading-issues