What is Dyslexia?

What is dyslexia?

What is dyslexia? As part of my series for homeschooling – we’re learning about teaching students who struggle and those who are kinesthetic learners. We begin by defining what it is.

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke definition describes dyslexia as “difficulty with spelling, phonological processing (the manipulation of sounds), or rapid visual-verbal responding”. It is considered a cognitive disorder, not a problem with intelligence. However, emotional problems often arise because of it.


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Dyslexia is characterized by great difficulty with reading despite normal or higher intelligence. People are affected differently and to varying degrees. Problems may include difficulties with spelling,  reading, and writing, sounding out words, pronouncing words and reading comprehension.

Those of us teaching students with dyslexia may witness a variety of effects from such a struggle. These include, but are not limited to – frustration, lack of cooperation, lack of focus, bad attitude, anger, hopelessness, and struggles with self-esteem. And that’s just the mom! Seriously though, dealing with dyslexia without the proper support and tools is not a good idea. We need it, and our children deserve it.

The longer you go without dealing with suspected signs of dyslexia, the bigger the chance is that your child will deal with depression, anxiety, strained relationships, and feel like giving up on their school work.

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Signs of Dyslexia

In finding and understanding this disorder, we must look at the signs. Students may struggle to recognize words used regularly. Recalling sequencing of events in reading is difficult. They may appear to not be paying attention at all as they have little memory or recall of words and letters.

If you find yourself going over the same words and letters over and over again – without your child recognizing them (sometimes even immediately after review) . . . you may have a problem with dyslexia on your hands!

More Resources for Dyslexia

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In this series, we will be learning more about how dyslexia affects your child, and what you can do about it! We will be sharing tips for dyslexic and kinesthetic learners with encouragement and freebies along the way.

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Beginning Sounds Dyslexia Worksheets – OX OW OG

Beginning Sounds Dyslexia Worksheets

Use these beginning sounds dyslexia worksheets to help young learners and those with dyslexia to practice recognizing the OX OW OG sounds.

Especially for Dyslexia

The worksheets incorporate drawing into the writing and learning to help kids (especially with dyslexia) to retain what they are seeing and hearing. The creative act of drawing pulls from a different area in the brain, by engaging the right (creative) side before and while sounding out and writing the letters, you empower the rest of the brain to do its job reading and writing.

Right Brain strategies such as these can go a long way toward success for dyslexic learners. These worksheets are designed with that in mind, but are good for many types of learners as they incorporate several techniques.

Beginning Sounds Dyslexia Worksheets

Students will complete drawings to the best of their ability (like the owl) – use of color for those with dyslexia can be helpful. After drawing, students should point to the beginning sounds blend (like the OW) and say the sound out loud and then the word (OWL). Finally, students write the blended sound and the word before moving on to the next beginning sounds.


Beginning Sounds Dyslexia WorksheetsBeginning Sounds Dyslexia WorksheetsBeginning Sounds Dyslexia Worksheets

Beginning Sounds Dyslexia Worksheets







Young learners, kinesthetic (hands on), and dyslexic learners will love these worksheets! Remind them the drawings don’t need to be perfect, just do their best and draw their own version. Like most things, drawing improves with time and practice.

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