What is dyslexia?
Dyslexia is an unexpected difficulty mastering literacy skills such as reading, writing, spelling and arithmetic. People with dyslexia have normal or better intelligence.
(Definition courtesy of the Blosser Center.)
“Red flags” to look for – the more you see in yourself or a child, the more likely dyslexia may be present:
• Reading: misreads words, avoids reading
• Spelling: misspells words
• Handwriting: has “sloppy” writing
• Math: has trouble with math (such as math facts)
• Poor organizational skills
• Difficulty telling time
• May also have ADD, ADHD
Dyslexia Resources in Multnomah County
Provides assessment, tutoring and teacher training.
Advocacy group working to improve public school instruction for children with dyslexia.
National organization serving people with dyslexia, their families and communities.
Provides assessment and tutoring.
Coordinates support groups and family events; provides resources and information.
Places in the Portland metro area that can evaluate someone for dyslexia:
•Stephanie Verlinden, Children’s Program
•Colleen O’Mahoney, Multnomah Educational Testing
•Cynthia Arnold, New Leaves Clinic, Beaverton