In public school settings where many teachers are not knowledgeable about this condition, students with dyslexia may be considered stupid or lazy.  Having a child diagnosed with dyslexia can be a traumatic experience.  While dyslexia can make reading more difficult, with the right instruction, almost all individuals with dyslexia can learn to read.  Many people with dyslexia have gone on to accomplish great things.  Among the many dyslexia success stories are Thomas Edison, Stephen Spielberg, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Charles Schwab.

Parents who have children diagnosed with dyslexia should seek out reading instruction that is based upon a systematic and explicit understanding of language structure, including phonics. This reading instruction goes by many names, Structured Literacy, Orton-Gillingham, Simultaneous Multisensory, Explicit Phonics, and others.