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Sunday, January 07, 2007



If this little essay were published as a comment on someone's blog we'd shrug and call them a troll.

What were the editors of this paper thinking elevating a troll to the opinion section?

Gawd, talk about mixing apples and oranges together and turning out sour lemonade...

John Hayes

Kudos for trying to stem the tide of misinformation about learning disabilities. I am trying to remember, did that little Dutch boy actually save the dike? I really admire the concept of trying anyway. Following your back links to " Falling for Irlen Syndrome" is probably too outdated to bring up but it caught my eye as I see many who discount vision as having anything to do with dyslexia because of the reasons you gave in 2005. Sorry I missed that discussion at the time.

I see a general principle with your responses that you would like to limit the delay in getting proper help for dyslexics. While not as blatant as "Misrepresenting Learning Disabilities" there is I believe a widespread misrepresentation of a dyslexia characteristic that needs to also be addressed. That is the statement that many make that dyslexics are usually of average or above average intelligence. If the statement was diagnosed dyslexics are usually of average or above average intelligence I would agree. Sadly ,almost as true would be diagnosed dyslexics usually come from families of average to above average income but that information is not usually brought up because of political correctness.

I believe that below average intelligence dyslexics are being under represented as dyslexics because of the misinformation that is widely distributed saying dyslexics are usually average or above average in intelligence. This misinformation delays or even eliminates their chances of receiving proper intervention.

I believe the misinformation has at it roots the basic idea that identified dyslexia as a condition in the first place and has continued to this day, " Little Johnny seems real smart but he can't read worth a hill of beans." became "If we can find other smart kids that can't read maybe we can give the condition a name and do something about it". Don't look for those quotes I made them up. The misinformation has lead to a general sampling bias of excluding below average intelligence people from being considered as dyslexic and created a self fulfilling situation.

This misinformation should be extinguished eventually as dyslexia evaluations start to include all children.

John Lloyd

Liz, your comments were certainly much more detailed and disputative than mine. Yours are probably closer to the mark.


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