“Who is the flounder of this company?” Notice anything off about this sentence? (Flounder should be founder). This is something you might hear someone with dyslexia or auditory processing disorder say (or if you’re anything like me, speaking errors like this might slip out on occasion without reason). Why do people with dyslexia often make speaking errors where they switch one sound in a word making it take on a completely different meaning?

Recent research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has found that dyslexia causes more difficulty recognizing voices and other sounds than it does for those without dyslexia. Making mistakes like the one found at the beginning of this post, and this new research on dyslexia, reveal that dyslexia is primarily a problem in manipulating the sounds in language than it is a problem in connecting meaning to language. Even though children with dyslexia say the wrong words, they usually do understand what they are trying to say.

If this is tendency is something you have noticed in your child? Use this free dyslexia assessment to see if your child may have dyslexia ›