Neuroscientist and Speech Pathologist Dr Martha Burns answers the question “is dyslexia more common in males?” in this video interview.
Yes, it is – as are most learning disabilities, Dyslexia is more common among males.
Why do more boys have dyslexia than girls?
Brain differences between boys and girls before school starts
Studies show significant differences in:
- Processing speed: Processing speed is a cognitive predictor of reading skill. Girls show an advantage over boys by age 5 that is maintained until adulthood (e.g. Camarata & Woodcock, 2006; Irwing, 2012).
- Impulse control (inhibition): on average, girls are better at controlling their impulses than boys. Studies have shown that young children who are better at controlling impulses are more likely to perform better on academic tests.
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Arnett, A.B., Pennington B.F., Peterson, R.L., Willcutt, E.G., DeFries, J.C., Olson, R. K. (2017). Explaining the sex difference in dyslexia. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 58:6, 719-727.