Weekly Facts

Monday, August 26, 2019-

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.

(Source: understood.org)

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.

(Source: understood.org)

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.

(Source: understood.org)

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!

(Source: understood.org)

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.

(Source: understood.org)

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.

(Source: understood.org)

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.

(Source: understood.org)

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.

(Source: understood.org)

Monday October 29, 2019- 

Myth: Dyscalculia is just a fancy name for math anxiety.
Fact: There are many differences between math anxiety and Dyscalculia, one primarily being many people feel anxious about math in general, but people with Dyscalculia can get anxiety because of how much they struggle. 

(Source: understood.org)

Monday November 4, 2019-

Myth: Dyslexia is caused by lack of exposure to literature.
Fact: Dyslexia is a neurological condition and is not caused by lack of exposure to literature. This common myth a lot of the time leads to Dyslexic kids getting over worked when it comes to reading because teachers and parents may think they are just not reading enough, which is not the case and often just leads to Dyslexic students becoming more frustrated. It's all about the method of teaching and not the quantity of books a Dyslexic student reads. 

(Source: understood.org)

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.

(Source: understood.org)

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.

(Source: understood.org)

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.

(Source: understood.org)

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.

(Source: understood.org)

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.

(Source: understood.org)

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.

(Source: understood.org)

Monday August 10, 2020-

Myth: The chances of someone having Dyslexia are completely random.
Fact: Dyslexia can actually run in families and be genetic, so someone is more likely to be Dyslexic if other members of their family are.

(Source: understood.org)

Monday August 17, 2020-

Myth: Dysgraphia and Dyspraxia are the same thing.
Fact: While these two learning differences have similarities, they are have different key factors. For example, Dysgraphia is based more on writing issues (like putting thoughts into words) as where Dyspraxia is based more on issues with motor skills (like picking up a pencil) and can also affect spatial awareness. Both learning differences, however, can impact one's ability to write by hand. 

(Source: understood.org)

Monday August 24, 2020-

Myth: People with Dyspraxia are just not paying attention to their surroundings and are uncoordinated. 
Fact: People with Dyspraxia often have trouble with their motor skills, which can make it seem as if they are just clumsy people, but it is typically more complicated than that.

(Source: understood.org)

Monday August 31, 2020-

Myth: Dyspraxia is very rare.
Fact: Because of misconceptions of its symptoms, Dyspraxia often is not diagnosed, but it is estimated that it affects about 10% of the population.

(Source: understood.org)

Monday September 7, 2020-

Myth: Having Dyslexia makes it impossible to learn how to read, and people with Dyslexia are all illiterate.
Fact: While it may be harder for people with with Dyslexia to learn how to read, and they may have a slower reading pace, people with Dyslexia are just as capable as learning to read as anyone else. 

(Source: dyslexiahelp.umich.edu) 

Monday September 14, 2020-
Myth: Dyslexia is a medical issue. 
Fact: Dyslexia is not a medical issue, but it is a difference in the brain that can make it easier or harder for people to learn in certain ways. 

(Source: dyslexiahelp.umich.edu) 

Monday September 21, 2020-
Myth: All kids who read and write letters backwards are Dyslexic.
Fact: While some kids with Dyslexia read and write words backwards, many children read and write letters backward when they are first learning anyway, and this does not necessarily mean they are Dyslexic.

(Source: dyslexiahelp.umich.edu) 

Monday September 28, 2020-

Myth: Accommodations should not be given to people with learning differences because it makes them work less hard.
Fact: The purpose of accommodations is to make things fair, and if people with learning differences need a little extra help, it does not always mean they are getting more than everyone else. In addition, accommodations can make people with learning differences feel as if they have a chance, which can be motivating. 

(Source: dyslexiahelp.umich.edu)

Monday October 5, 2020-

Myth: Dyslexia is more common in boys than girls.
Fact: Both boys and girls have equal chances of having Dyslexia. The idea that boys are more "prone" to Dyslexia and other learning differences comes from gender stereotypes that girls are "supposed to" be more "perfect and obedient" than boys.

(Source: dyslexiahelp.umich.edu)

Monday October 11, 2020-

Myth: Having a learning difference means lower IQ.
Fact: People with learning differences are very smart, out of the box thinkers, and usually have average or above average IQ's, though IQ is not a measure of intelligence. 

(Source: dyslexiahelp.umich.edu)

Monday October 19, 2020-

Myth: Dyslexia is an “umbrella” term and can be used in reference to any learning difference.
Fact: Dyslexia is a specific learning difference that has to do with reading, comprehension, writing and spelling. 

(Source: dyslexiahelp.umich.edu)

Monday October 26, 2020-

Myth: Dyslexia cannot be diagnosed until kids are at least 8 or older.
Fact: People who have dyslexia are born with it, and it can actually be diagnosed at age 5.

(Source: dyslexiahelp.umich.edu)

Monday November 2, 2020-

Myth: You cannot be "gifted" and have a learning difference.
Fact: People with learning differences are usually very smart, and have gifts and talents in other intelligences that help them excel in life. 

Monday November 9, 2020-

Myth: There are medications that can cure Dysgraphia.
Fact: Like many other learning differences, Dysgraphia is not curable, but with support, practice, and accommodations, its effects can be lessened.

(Source: understood.org)

Monday November 16, 2020-

Myth: You can only have one learning difference.
Fact: Many times, learning differences can co-occur, and sometimes the symptoms are overlapping so it can be hard to identify.

(Source: understood.org)

Monday January 11, 2021-

Myth: There is a cure for Dyslexia and medication can be taken for it.
Fact: Dyslexia is a life-long learning difference and it cannot be "cured" with medications.

(Source: dyslexiaresource.org)

Monday January 18, 2021-

Myth: Dyslexia is just anxiety about reading and writing.
Fact: While anxiety can definitely worsen the symptoms of Dyslexia, it is not the main cause.

(Source: understood.org)

Monday January 25, 2021-

Myth: Teachers would need to change the curriculum to offer students with learning differences accommodations.
Fact: Accommodations are not about changing the curriculum, they are about presenting information in a new way, and giving extra help. 

(Source: dyslexiahelp.umich.edu)

Monday February 1, 2021-

Myth: If you are not eligible for special education, it means you cannot have Dyslexia.
Fact: Dyslexia is different for everyone, so many times people with milder symptoms of Dyslexia might not seem like they have a learning difference.

(Source: dyslexiahelp.umich.edu)

Monday February 8, 2021-

Myth: Someone’s ability to read/write is associated with their intelligence.
Fact: There are many types of intelligences, and being about to read and write well is far from the only one.

(Source: dyslexiahelp.umich.edu)

Monday February 15, 2021-

Myth: If a person with Dyslexia doesn’t learn how to read by age 9, they will be illiterate forever.
Fact: Many people learn how to read after age 9 and so can many Dyslexics. Reading is also not just something you learn in school, it is a process and a skill that you will improve throughout your life.

(Source: dyslexiahelp.umich.edu)

Monday February 22, 2021-

Myth: Dyspraxia has no cure and people with it will never get better at using motor skills.
Fact: While Dyspraxia is a life long condition, there are things you can do (such as occupational therapy) to ease the toll it may take on your life.

(Source: understood.org)

Monday March 1st, 2021-

Myth: Giving accommodations to students with learning differences would be too expensive.
Fact: Accommodations within the classroom typically do not cost anything, but they are more about providing extra help and support.

(Source: dyslexiahelp.umich.edu)

Monday March 8, 2021-

Myth: Students with accommodations are lazy and just need to try harder.
Fact: Accommodations are meant to give students with learning differences equal opportunities and not to do all the work for them, plus students can even feel more motivated when they know they are not without help.

 (Source: dyslexiahelp.umich.edu)

Monday March 15, 2021-

Myth: Dyslexia has no link to genes.
Fact: Dyslexia can often run in families, so if someone has Dyslexia, there is a good chance other members of their family have it too.

(Source: dyslexiahelp.umich.edu)

Monday March 22, 2021-

Myth: Only 4% of people have Dyslexia and it is not that common.
Fact: 20% of people have Dyslexia, meaning 1 in every 5 people had it, so it a pretty common. 

(Source: dyslexiahelp.umich.edu)

Monday March 29, 2021-

Myth: Everyone with Dyslexia has the same symptoms and struggles.
Fact: Everyone is different and Dyslexia will therefore affect everyone differently. 

(Source: understood.org)

Monday April 5, 2021-

Myth: it is impossible to be smart and have a learning difference at the same time.
Fact: There are many areas of intelligences and people with learning differences are often very smart and have their own things that they are good at.

(Source: dyslexiahelp.umich.edu)

Monday April 12, 2021-

Myth: Dyslexia is not really able to be diagnosed.
Fact: People such as speech-language pathologists can diagnose Dyslexia, and it can also be diagnosed from a young age as well. 

(Source: dyslexiahelp.umich.edu)

Monday April 19, 2021-

Myth: People with Dyslexia cannot read.
Fact: While Dyslexia can make it harder to read, write, etc, with extra help, support, and presenting information more explicitly, people with Dyslexia CAN learn to read.

(Source: dyslexiahelp.umich.edu)

Monday April 26, 2021-

Myth: Dyslexia is 6 times more common in boys than girls.
Fact: Dyslexia is equally common in boys and girls, however, girls are more often undiagnosed. 

(Source: dyslexiahelp.umich.edu)

Monday May 3, 2021-

Myth: People with Dyslexia do not know how to spell.
Fact: While spelling and learning to spell might be harder for people with Dyslexia, it is totally learnable with extra support and help.

(Source: dyslexiahelp.umich.edu)

Monday May 10, 2021-

Myth: Everyone with a learning difference has the same struggles and symptoms.
Fact: Each and every learning difference is different, and so are the people who have them. The struggles and symptoms of a learning differences are pretty much unique to every person who has them.

(Source. understood.org)

Monday May 17, 2021-

Myth: Giving students accommodations means that teachers will have to be given special training.
Fact: Most often, accommodations don’t require special training for teachers.

(Source: dyslexiahelp.umich.edu)

Monday May 24, 2021-

Myth: The more you read, the faster your Dyslexia will go away.
Fact: While Dyslexia never goes away, practicing reading in a way that is helpful to you might make having Dyslexia easier. 

Source: (dyslexiahelp.umich.edu)

Monday May 31, 2021-

Myth: Everyone who has trouble learning to read is Dyslexic. 
Fact: While Dyslexia can make someone struggle with reading, there are many other things that can cause trouble reading too, such as not being able to connect with a certain teaching style, or possibly a mental health issue that could be getting in the way of learning, etc. 

Source: (dyslexiahelp.umich.edu)

Monday June 7, 2021-

Myth: Dyslexia only affects reading.
Fact: Dyslexia can affect reading, but it can also affect many things, like writing and comprehension.

(Source: understood.org)

Monday September 20, 2021-

Myth: Dyslexia can be fixed with supplements.
Fact: Dyslexia is a lifelong learning difference and while it cannot be cured, it can be made easier using different teaching methods.

(Source: dyslexiaresource.org)

Monday September 27, 2021-

Myth: Accommodations are only about giving students extra time on assignments. 
Fact: There are many different types of accommodations, not all of which are about extra time. Some are things like having designated readers, different types of pencil and paper. etc. 

(Source: understood.org)

Monday October 4, 2021-

Myth: Barely any people in the world have learning differences.
Fact: Millions and millions of people in the world have learning differences, some may just seem more hidden or are less severe than others.

(Source: understood.org)

Monday October 11, 2021-

Myth: You can't be good at school skills (reading, writing, math, etc.) if you have a learning difference.
Fact: People with learning differences are totally capable of doing well in and being good at school, it just may take a little more work for these students. 

(Source: understood.org)

Monday October 18, 2021-

Myth: Everyone who has Dyslexia is affecting the same way. 
Fact: Dyslexia works on a spectrum, so some people have it more severely than others, but it affects everyone differently.

(Source: understood.org)

Monday October 25, 2022-

Myth: It’s very easy to tell if someone has a learning difference.
Fact: It is pretty much impossible to tell if someone has a learning difference just my looking at them. 

(Source: dyslexiahelp.umich.edu)

Monday November 1, 2021-

Myth: Dyslexia only affects people in a classroom setting. 
Fact: Dyslexia can affect people in their day to day lives, even if they are not in school. This is especially true as Dyslexia can bring about anxiety and lower self-esteem. 

(Source: childmind.org)

Monday November 8, 2021-

Myth: People with learning differences aren’t smart.
Fact: People with learning differences are often very intelligent, they just learn and process information differently than “most people” do.

(Source: understood.org)

Monday November 15, 2021

Myth: The only way to help students with learning differences is through one-on-one instruction. 
Fact: While one-on-one instruction is an effective way to help students with learning differences, there are other ways too, such as using assistive technology and even giving students a little extra help in class. 

(Source: childmind.org)

Monday January 17, 2022-

Myth: If you have a learning difference, you can’t be academically smart or motivated.
Fact: People with learning differences are individuals with all different types of skill sets. Some love academic disciplines, others don’t.

(Source: understood.org)

Monday January 24, 2022- 

Myth: If you have a learning difference, it means something is wrong with your brain. 
Fact: If you have a learning difference, nothing is wrong with your brain! It just means you process information in a different way, and you may have unique learning styles, which is totally fine and normal!

(Source: dyslexics.org.uk) 

Monday January 31, 2022-

Myth: Dyslexia and ADHD are the same thing. 
Fact: Dyslexia and ADHD are not the same. Dyslexia is a issue that deals with reading and understanding language, whereas ADHD is about having trouble regulating behavior. But they can occur together. 

(Source: indiatoday.in)

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. 

(Source: dyslexiahelp.umich.edu)

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. 

(Source: dyslexia.yale.edu)

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.

(Source: das.org.sg)

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.

(Source: dyslexia.uk.org)

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.

(Source: dyslexia.uk.org)

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. 

(Source: dyslexiahelp.umich.edu)

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. 

(Source: dyslexia.uk.org) 

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).

(Source: dyslexiahelp.umich.edu)

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. 

(Source: dyslexiahelp.umich.edu)


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 16, 2022-

Myth: If you have a learning difference, there is nothing you can do to make things better.
Fact: While learning differences are life-long, there are things (accommodations, different teaching styles, etc.) to improve their affects, 

(Source: dyslexiahelp.umich.edu)

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.

(Source: dyslexiahelp.umich.edu)

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