Monday, July 20, 2009

Dyslexia is the most common learning disability in children and persists throughout life. Dr. Edward Hill begins a two-part look at dyslexia in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

Dyslexia is a type of learning disability in which a child has difficulty learning to read and understand written language.

Estimates are that up to 20 percent of all people in the United States have a reading disability and that 85 percent of those people have dyslexia. Itís not clear what causes dyslexia but some research shows that it is inherited.

A child with dyslexia typically has trouble making the connection between the sound and the letter that makes that sound and difficulty blending those sounds to form words.

Research shows that dyslexia occurs because of the way that the brain is formed and how it processes the information it receives. People who have dyslexia process information in a different part of the brain than people without dyslexia.

With the proper instruction and assistance, a child with dyslexia can learn to read, thrive in school and succeed in the workforce. But itís important for the child to be diagnosed as early as possible and to promptly get any needed support and assistance.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.