Myth: Dyslexia and Dysgraphia are the same thing.
Fact: They are not the same. Dysgraphia affects handwriting, while alone, Dyslexia does not. Dysgraphia doesn't affect reading abilities like Dyslexia, though both Dyslexia and Dysgraphia can affect the ability to spell.
Monday, September 2, 2019-
Myth: Dyscalculia doesn't affect kids until elementary school.
Fact: Dyscalculia can affect students as early as preschool. Since Dyscalculia affects basic math skills, such as recognizing number patters and even learning to count, it can affect a student very early in life.
Monday, September 9, 2019-
Myth: People with messy handwriting definitely have Dysgraphia.
Fact: There are many people that have messy handwriting but do not have Dysgraphia. In fact, with a ton of hard work and time, people with Dysgraphia can have very nice handwriting. Plus, messy handwriting is not the only sign of Dysgraphia. Some other signs of Dysgraphia are unevenly spaced and sized letters and trouble putting thoughts down on paper.
Monday, September 16, 2019-
Myth: People with Dyscalculia all have the same struggles when learning math.
Fact: Dyscalculia affects everyone who has it differently, just like Dyslexia and Dysgraphia. Some people with Dyscalculia may be fine learning to count, but struggle with understanding number graphs. Other people with Dyscalculia may be great at understanding graphs, but had some trouble learning to count. It all depends on the person!
Monday, September 23, 2019-
Myth: Dyslexia is just an excuse for poor vision.
Fact: Since it is a common misconception that all Dyslexics see letters move on the page, it is thought by some to be a vision problem, but it is not. Plus, it may be hard for Dyslexics to recognize letters, which can also lead to the misconception that it is a vision problem.
Monday, September 30, 2019-
Myth: People with Dysgraphia are just being lazy.
Fact: People with Dysgraphia are not lazy. Since they may tend to avoid writing tasks because it is hard for them and it could just as well be a confidence issue, it can cause them to look lazy when they are not.
Monday, October 7, 2019-
Myth: Dyscalculia is super rare.
Fact: While Dyscalculia is not as common as say, Dyslexia, it still affects 6% of the U.S. population, and it is important that schools give the accommodations to those with Dyscalculia, even if it isn't the most common learning difference.
Monday, October 14. 2019-
Myth: Dyslexia is cured when kids learn to read.
Fact: While the symptoms of Dyslexia may become less overwhelming as kids get older, it never goes away. Chances are, if you're Dyslexic, you will always be a slower reader/writer/speller, etc, but that's okay! Dyslexics have many strengths that other people do not have.
Monday October 21, 2019-
Myth: People with Dysgraphia are not smart and have below average intelligence or low IQ's.
Fact: Since it is hard for people with Dysgraphia to put their thoughts down in writing, they can be labeled as dumb or incapable, but people with Dysgraphia are most often times very smart.
Monday November 11, 2019-
Myth: Dyscalculia is just Dyslexia for math.
Fact: Dyscalculia is sometimes thought of as "math Dyslexia" but that is not the case. The reason for this misconception is because many people think that Dyscalculia is just about seeing numbers move on the paper or reserving directions, but it is more just of a comprehension problem.
Monday November 18, 2019-
Myth: Dysgraphia is just an excuse for messy handwriting and kids will just grow out of it anyway.
Fact: Dysgraphia can be hard to diagnose since many young children have messy handwriting, but there is a lot more to Dysgraphia than messy handwriting, such as pencil grip and trouble just getting thoughts onto paper. While this is no cure for Dysgraphia and you cannot "out grow" it, it will become less of a challenge as students learn to cope with it in a way that works for them.
Monday November 25, 2019-
Myth: Students who don't speak English cannot have Dyslexia as it is an English based problem.
Fact: Dyslexia exists for everyone, not just English speakers. Because English is such an irregular language, English speaking students with Dyslexia may struggle a little more. In addition, it can be hard to tell if a bilingual student is Dyslexic as teachers may think they are just struggling to learn English as learning a second language is hard in general.
Monday July 20, 2020-
Myth: Students who have Dyscalculia will never learn math.
Fact: People with Dyscalculia are perfectly capable of learning math, and can figure out ways that make it easier for them to understand certain mathematical subjects, many including multi-sensory ways of learning.
Monday July 27, 2020-
Myth: Kids with Dyslexia are just not trying and being lazy.
Fact: Dyslexia is a difference within the way the brain works/learns that has nothing to do with whether a person is trying to learn or not. Some people just need to be taught a certain way for things to stick, and that is not correlated with how hard a person is trying or how much they want to learn.
Monday August 3, 2020-
Myth: Dyslexia is rare and not many people have it.
Fact: Dyslexia is fairly common as 1 in 5 (20%) of people have it, which is why it is so important to have proper accommodations.
Monday February 7, 2022-
Myth: Dyslexia can be cured with supplements and vitamins.
Fact: Dyslexia cannot be cured and it’s a lifelong condition. But, it’s effects can be lessened with things such as explicit and multi-sensory instruction, accommodates, and more.
Monday February 14, 2022-
Myth: If you have Dyslexia, you can't do well in school.
Fact: People with Dyslexia are individuals like everyone else; some do very well in school, others don't and many fall somewhere in the middle.
Monday February 21, 2022-
Myth: If you read for a certain amount of time everyday, it will cure your Dyslexia.
Fact: While practicing read may help, it will not cure Dyslexia.
Monday February 28, 2022-
Myth: Dyslexic people are all left-handed.
Fact: Both right handed and left handed people have Dyslexia, and so far, there is not a known correlation between the two.
Monday March 7, 2022-
Myth: You can’t get into a college or university if you have a learning difference.
Fact: Every year, millions of people with learning differences seek and receive degrees in higher education. In fact, many schools offer easy access to accommodations.
Monday March 14, 2022-
Myth: Twice as many boys have Dyslexia than girls.
Fact: The ratio of the likelihood of Dyslexia between boys and girls is thought to be 50/50.
Monday March 21, 2022-
Myth: Dyslexic people can't have a love for reading.
Fact: Many Dyslexic people find that they love to read, while others don't.
Monday March 28, 2022-
Myth: People with Dyslexia can't be in advanced classes in school.
Fact: Many Dyslexic people thrive in a classroom setting and find themselves placed in advanced classes (and they can still be given accommodations in those classes).
Monday May 2, 2022-
Myth: People with Dyslexia aren't ever good at writing/reading/language and should compensate with math and sciences.
Fact: People with Dyslexia can be good at language, math, science, and many other things. Additionally, just because someone has Dyslexia doesn't mean automatically mean they're bad at language.
Monday May 9, 2022-
Myth: Accommodations are always hard for teachers and schools to provide to students.
Fact: Many accommodations (such as extra time and designated readers) are not hard to give to students. But either way, it is the job of schools to give students any and all tools they need to be successful, regardless of how "hard" it may seem.
Monday May 23, 2022-
Myth: Dyslexic people aren't smart.
Fact: Dyslexic people are often very intelligent, especially when they find their talents and passions.