Is Dyslexia Hereditary?

Q:
Is dyslexia hereditary?

A:
Dyslexia is considered as a neurobiological condition that makes the patient hard to read and learn. The problem of dyslexia happens in the brain, which determines it a linguistic one, not a visual one.

Dyslexia is not related to intelligence. It is often a genetic condition, which means that individuals can inherit dyslexia from a parent. There are 5%-15% of people in the US having dyslexia.

There are treatments for the patients with dyslexia which help them in their daily life. Early diagnosis and support can have long-term improvements. The treatments include:

  • Psychological testing
  • Guidance and support
  • On-going evaluation

Dyslexia is hereditary and the gene, DCDC2, determines the ability of reading performance. If you suspect a child may have dyslexia, you’d better ask for a professional evaluation from the child’s school.

Keywords: dyslexia; hereditary.

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