Dyslexia information on AboutKidsHealth

Over the next few months, CAPHC Conversations will be featuring articles and resources from the AboutKidsHealth website.  For more information on AboutKidsHealth, check out their website, or contact Sean Schurr at sean.schurr@sickkids.ca.


Dyslexia affects between five and 10 percent of children. While the signs vary from person to person, it generally affects how the brain processes letters and sounds, which can cause difficulties with:

  •  reading and writing 
  • learning to talk
  • memorizing math rules 
  • organizing ideas.

If you know a patient who has been newly diagnosed with dyslexia, why not refer the family to the dyslexia article on AboutKidsHealth? There, families can learn about the causes and signs of dyslexia and common strategies to manage it. They can also find out how dyslexia has a genetic component but otherwise affects people of all backgrounds and intelligence levels.

Developed with the Department of Paediatrics, the article helps answer any questions about how dyslexia can affect a child and how best to respond. It is available in English and French as a supplement to information provided by SickKids healthcare professionals.

For more information, please visit AboutKidsHealth.ca


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