Would you consider that there are different "types" or "levels" of dyslexia? Is there a spectrum of how severe the dyslexia can be?


Jamie Martin, Assistive Technology Consultant for Students and Adults with Dyslexia

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The term "dyslexia" refers to a brain-based learning disability that affects people's language skills. Dyslexic students and adults may have difficulty reading, writing, and spelling, but this is by no means a reflection of their intelligence. Dyslexia affects different people in different ways. Some can have mild dyslexia, and others can have severe dyslexia. Researches have tried to categorize the subtypes in order to explain the different ways that dyslexics struggle with language.

To better understand what dyslexia is and is not, here is a great overview: Understanding Dyslexia

For more information on how some people categorize dyslexia, here is a clear explanation: Different Types of Dyslexia

The language deficits that people have can change over time, especially if they have intensive remedial instruction. Several remedial programs are based on the Orton-Gillingham approach and can go a long way towards improving reading and writing. Language-based activities can also be made easier through the use of assistive technology.

Danielle Thyer, A continuum

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My experience sees Dyslexia on a continuum, things can change though the experience of learning. Subtypes of developmental dyslexia: Testing the predictions of the dual-route and connectionist frameworks, this paper tried to identify 2 subgroups. They could but they were not fixed or specific, so if your specific intervention treats one group there is strong possibility that there will be individuals in that group will lack in some other area and some that will have positive affect. So I just see it as a continuum a bit like a graphic equalizer that adjust continually through the learning experience. So in short I would say no to types and levels and yes to the spectrum as its more flexible.

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