Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. Common characteristics of dyslexia include difficulties with reading, especially decoding or "sounding out words", and spelling, which can impact reading fluency, vocabulary acquisition, and comprehension.  Reading challenges are often unexpected in comparison to other academic abilities.  
    Students impacted by dyslexia demonstrate outstanding creative abilities!  They often have strengths in visualizing, inventing, creating, and communicating.  Challenges beyond reading may include left/right confusion, note-taking and writing, organization and time management, memorization, and following directions.  Providing visuals, scaffolding instruction, hands-on activities, and extra times are great ways to support these students.  I am including a few graphics which I think provide a quick snapshot.
    If you have any questions about a student in your classroom who may be impacted by dyslexia or other reading learning disabilities, please feel free to reach out by email or look for me in room B112.
    Christine H. Lopez, Ed.D.
    Orton Gillingham-Certified Reading Specialist and Special Educator
    Franklin Middle and High Schools
    Franklin Township Public Schools
    500 Elizabeth Avenue
    Somerset, NJ  08873
    "The interconnectedness of semantics, phonology, orthography, morphology, and syntax allows readers to determine the meaning of a word."   Charles Perfetti