Kid-Friendly Words for Explaining Dyslexia

Here are some of the common highways and construction projects for dyslexic brains.  While not all dyslexic brains are alike, you may find some language here that speaks to your child’s experience.

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Common Dyslexic Highways


  • Memory
  • Making connections
  • Auditory comprehension
  • Visual-spatial reasoning
  • Interpersonal connections
  • Imagination and creativity
  • Visualization skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Resiliency

Common Dyslexic Construction Projects


  • Hearing sounds
  • Recognizing symbols
  • Working memory
  • Processing information quickly or efficiently
  • Remembering spelling patterns
  • Attention or fatigue

Kid-Friendly Ways of Explaining Dyslexia


  • Dyslexia means your brain is built in a way that makes it easy to see visual patterns like math, puzzles, or Legos; but it’s harder to see letter patterns for reading and spelling.


  • Dyslexia means your brain is not learning to read by the most common road. It also means that your brain is getting a lot of practice coming up with different ways to get there, which is giving you some amazing creative thinking powers!


  • Dyslexia means your brain is having a hard time keeping all the sounds in your mind when you are trying to sound out a word, which can be really tiring. However, once you know the words, your brain has a much easier time understanding what the story is about!”

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