Sports on our minds…and for our minds

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Did you know there is a connection between athletics and the ability to learn?

In her article for the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity, “Sports: Strengthening Their Self Confidence and School Skills,” Nancy Hall makes the point that “physical activities like individual or team sports, important for any child, are especially beneficial for those with dyslexia.”

Hall goes on to offer helpful stories illustrating her point — examples in which youth who struggle with dyslexia offset some aspect of their difficulty with success in sports. Issues of self-esteem, frustration, motivation, relationships and even organization can be improved through athletics and such improvements can give students the confidence they need to continue making progress on the academic side.

When a child struggles to read, write or spell, it’s easy for life to fall out of balance — for the child and the family to turn a laser focus on “fixing” the problem at the expense of play, fun, and recreation.

Getting a professional evaluation and finding the right treatment is essential, but, as Nancy Hall demonstrates, sports can be a vital supplement to language therapy for children with dyslexia. 

Lexercise’s online, research-based services help struggling readers, writers, and spellers — no matter where they live! Take a look at our Online Dyslexia Testing and Treatment page or contact us at or 1-919-747-4557.

Dyslexia: Turning to the Experts for Resources

Yale Center - accessing strengths

One of the online dyslexia resources at the top of my list is the website of The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity. Founded by Sally and Bennett Shaywitz, the Center’s mission “is to uncover and illuminate the strengths of those with dyslexia, disseminate information, practical advice, and the latest innovations from scientific research, and transform the lives of children and adults with dyslexia.”

They do a wonderful job, and the website is an easy portal to their ideas and achievements. The site offers an audio version of many of the pages.

On this rich website, you’ll find not only the expected “expert” information, research, and advice, but also tips from the “Real Experts” — students who have dyslexia and share their ideas for effective work and study habits. There are success stories from people of all ages, plus profiles of “famous” dyslexics. There are timely articles on summer planning and on summer programs for dyslexic children. There’s a very helpful guide to reading-related skills, beginning with early pre-school, excellent book lists here, links to articles — and much, much more.

Whatever your most trusted resources, if your child struggles with reading, writing, or spelling, the most important first step is a professional evaluation. No matter where you live, your child can be tested and treated individually, face-to-face, online, by the clinical educators at Lexercise. Learn more here, or contact me directly at or 1-919-747-4557.