Describing Dyslexia

Please keep these tips in mind for all posts:

  •  Our users already know what dyslexia is.  Please avoid general statements attempting to define dyslexia.  You don’t need an introductory paragraph about dyslexia, as this is a blog focused primarily on dyslexia.
  •  This is the “Dyslexia the Gift” blog — we view dyslexia as a learning difference or type of neurodiversity, not a disability or mental defect.  In describing dyslexia or other learning/behavior patterns, please avoid the use of words such as “disability” or “disorder” in favor of more positive or neutral language.
  • Because we have a positive view of dyslexia, we also prefer the phrasing “dyslexic person” or “dyslexic student”, rather than a person “with dyslexia.”   The use of the phrase “with” implies a disease; no one would write “student with creativity” or “child with giftedness” in place of “creative student” or “gifted child.”
  • We use the Davis method for dyslexia correction, as described in the book The Gift of Dyslexia and on our main website at This is a nontraditional, strength-based approach which is positive and highly effective.  We encourage all contributors to familiarize themselves with our approach before submitting articles offering specific tips and advice for addressing reading problems. We will not publish articles offering advice or suggesting strategies that are incompatible with our positive, strength-based approach.


Translate »