Dyslexia Treatment

Goals

To understand dyslexia treatment statistics.

Early Findings

  • Research suggests that although 5-12% of children have dyslexia, only 4.5% of public school students are diagnosed with the issue.
  • This suggests many children with dyslexia either do not get the treatment they need and/or obtain it outside of the school setting.
  • According to the US Department of Education, 34% of children with an IEP have a "specific learning disability", the category under which dyslexia falls. Apparently, 80% of all children with an IEP have a reading difficulty, and 85% of them are dyslexic.
  • This means around 68% of children with an IEP are dyslexic.
  • Private tutoring for dyslexia is expensive, and many families are forced to rely on what the schools can provide. Tutoring costs around $60-90 per hour. Experts estimate it can take two years to help overcome dyslexia. At just 2 hours per week as a minimum estimate, this amounts to $12,480-18,720 per child.
  • The International Dyslexia Association does not have statistics on the number of patients treated in each setting.
  • Dyslexia is primarily 'treated' through education, so this tends to happen in the school setting or through private tutoring.
  • Many children with dyslexia have comorbid diagnoses, such as ADHD anxiety of depression. This means some 'treatments' for dyslexia would happen through psychologists, SLPs, therapists and even medication.
  • The global market size for dyslexia treatment is going to be $26 billion by 2025. The primary segments are drugs, tools and educational techniques.

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