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Shining a Light on Dyslexia Awareness

Shining a Light on Dyslexia Awareness
dyslexia awareness month

Posted October 6, 2023

October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month. The International Dyslexia Association defines dyslexia as a language-based learning disability referring to a cluster of symptoms resulting in difficulties with specific language skills, particularly reading. Students with dyslexia usually experience difficulties with other language and communication skills, such as spelling, writing, and pronouncing words.

Dyslexia awareness is important as dyslexia is the most common learning difference, affecting up to 1 in 5 people. Notably, dyslexia has nothing to do with intelligence or sociocultural factors. At San Antonio Academy, we believe with the proper support and instruction, students with dyslexia will be successful. 

Dyslexia awareness can help us:

  1. Learn to spot dyslexia signs and dyslexia symptoms. Knowing which students may have dyslexia allows us to get the right help and support in place for our boys to succeed.
  2. Initiate early intervention. Early identification and treatment is the key to helping individuals with dyslexia achieve in school and life. Dyslexia therapy can start as early as first grade.
  3. Promote awareness. Dyslexia runs in families and may be genetic, meaning that if you are a child of a parent with dyslexia, there is a 40-60% chance that you’ve inherited it from them.

SAA is proud to have a Learning Specialist on campus, Dr. Patrick Atkerson, who supports students, teachers, and parents by matching learning strategies and skills to promote student growth. Additionally, Maree Longoria, a Licensed Dyslexia Therapist and Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT)/ Ed. Diag., provides small group instruction to boys who qualify for dyslexia or reading intervention.

For more information on dyslexia, see the following Dyslexia Fact Sheet.

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