Two of our four struggled and struggled with learning to read and, in spite of all their hard work, couldn't "get it" until age 8 and 9. They did a lot
of listening to audio books for a very long time--certainly before learning to read but also afterwards. Neither ever had the opportunity to be tested for dyslexia though they did exhibit many of the characteristics. They did, however, each have the opportunity to work with one of a couple of gifted teachers. And I worked with each of them using many different learning approaches. Eventually they both became avid readers!
I remember telling my youngest as she struggled and struggled to remember letters and their sounds, "One thing we do in this family is turn out good readers. It may take you more work but you will become a good reader
!" It did and she did.
Those two dds also were very, er, creative spellers. Interestingly, as the years went by, the more they read, the better their spelling became. Also, the more they read, the better they got at it and the more they enjoyed reading.
Another factor in their eventual success in reading may have been that I severely curtailed all my children's television exposure while they were toddlers/preschoolers (none at all as infants) and set very strict time and content limits on how much and what they were allowed to watch even as older children/teens.