Does dyslexia affect intelligence?

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No! “Dyslexia is not a reflection of a child’s intelligence — in fact it’s defined as a gap between a student’s ability and achievement.” (Katherine Martinelli, Understanding Dyslexia, Childmind.org) While a student may be able to keep up with peers with extra effort at first, by third grade, a lack of reading fluency will cause a student to struggle. 

Dyslexia affects 1-5 kids, and it is not something that can be outgrown. Unfortunately, dyslexia can often go undiagnosed, and a child’s struggle in school can be misattributed to a lack of intelligence or effort. It is important to recognize that having dyslexia does not mean a child is not intelligent, and a dyslexic who is reluctant to read is not lazy.

Everyone can learn to read. However, kids with dyslexia require more practice, support at home, and the correct approach to reading instruction.

Rally is here to help with the support at home. Designed to do everything a concerned parent would do, and more, Rally exists to ensure that your child never has to struggle alone.

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