DYSLEXIA

Dyslexia is a chronic problem with reading. It is a common learning difficulty, affecting a large percentage of those identified as “learning disabled.” People with a learning difference like dyslexia may have trouble with reading, writing, spelling, math, and sometimes, music. Three times as many boys as girls have dyslexia.

Most people think dyslexia is a condition that involves reading from right to left and reversing words and letters. While some people with dyslexia do have these problems, they are not the most common or most important characteristics of dyslexia. Experts say dyslexia has little to do with recognizing the visual form of words; rather, the brains of people with dyslexia are wired differently. This difference makes it difficult to break the letters of written words into the distinct sounds (or phonemes) of their language, a capability called phonological awareness.

Dyslexia can occur at any level of intellectual ability. Sometimes children with dyslexia appear to their teachers and parents to lack motivation or not to be trying hard enough. Dyslexia may be accompanied by — but is not a result of — lack of motivation, emotional or behavioral problems, and sensory impairment.

A more positive view of dyslexia describes people with dyslexia as visual, multidimensional thinkers who are intuitive, highly creative, and excel at hands-on learning. Many people with dyslexia shine in the arts, creativity, design, computing, and lateral thinking.

  • Underachievement
  • Motor skills
  • Language and reading skills difficulty
  • Math/numbers skills
  • Disruptive and disorderly behavior
  • May complain of vision problems

DIAGNOSIS

Several tests are used to treat Dyslexia.

Reading tests and other types of assessments to understand your child’s I.Q.

Diagnosis is done by collaborating team of physician, teacher, parents.

  • There is evidence of a severe reading problem.
  • The problem is not due to low intelligence, a visual or hearing deficit or other physical conditions, or a lack of educational opportunity.
  • For a child to qualify for special education assistance, federal law requires that the child have tests to help check his or her language and math skills.

 

RECOMMENDED MEDICATIONS

Address reading problems, encourage your child.

Consult your doctor immediately if dyslexia is suspected.

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