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Dyslexia is a learning disorder that makes it difficult for a child to read, write and spell. If your child has dyslexia, he may have a hard time keeping up with his classmates at school. This can be very stressful for him—and for you.
As you read the information on the following pages, keep in mind that you’re not alone: dyslexia is quite common, and it’s a very treatable condition. You might find it comforting to familiarize yourself with the basics about the condition:
Dyslexia symptoms can include:
Some kids with dyslexia also have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Although dyslexia can be a lifelong condition, modern treatment methods can be very effective.
How Boston Children’s Hospital approaches dyslexia
The expert clinicians in the Boston Children’s Hospital Division of Developmental Medicine have helped hundreds of children and families living with dyslexia. We are highly attuned to the fact that dyslexia not only makes learning difficult for children—it can also affect a child’s self-esteem and impact the entire family, too.
Boston Children’s offers a wide range of services to diagnose and treat dyslexia, including comprehensive testing for the condition and for related disorders like ADHD. Our clinicians will:
We have seen time and time again how treatment can help a child with dyslexia feel capable and confident again, and we have watched countless kids with dyslexia go on to lead happy, healthy and enriched adult lives.
Your child’s treatment team will create a customized plan of care that draws from Boston Children’s multidisciplinary expertise. When treating dyslexia, we involve specialists in such fields as:
Boston Children’s has experts available across departments to meet all of your child’s needs—as well as a dyslexia resource specialist who can help you find support for your child in many ways: from selecting the right tutor to making the best use of computer-based dyslexia programs.
While Boston Children’s is known worldwide for our science-driven approach—our researchers are pioneering several pivotal studies on dyslexia—we never lose sight of the fact that your child is an individual … and never “just a patient.” Beginning with your very first visit at Boston Children’s, you’ll work with a team of experienced, compassionate professionals who are committed to supporting your family’s medical, emotional and psychosocial needs.
Dyslexia: Reviewed by Nadine Gaab, PhD
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