What is Dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a learning disability that makes reading, writing, spelling and sometimes speaking difficult. It is caused by an impairment of the brain’s ability to translate images received from the eyes or sounds received from the ears into understandable language. Dyslexia is not an intellectual disability, since dyslexia and IQ are not interrelated.
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There are various functions that can be affected by Dyslexia:
- visual Dyslexia: causes difficulty in reading and comprehending text
- auditory Dyslexia: causes difficulty in interpreting and comprehending sounds
- attentional Dyslexia: causes difficulty in reading words in sentences, as many words are visible at the same time
The different types of Dyslexia can range in severity; the sooner it is treated the better the outcome in improving language skills.
What are the symptoms of Dyslexia
The symptoms of Dyslexia depend on the severity of the disorder as well as the age of the person affected.
Pre-school aged children
- delays in acquiring speech
- slow learning of new words
- difficulty in rhyming words, such as nursery rhymes
- low letter knowledge
- letter reversal or mirror writing
Early primary school children
- difficulty reading the alphabet or letter order
- difficulty associating sounds with the letters that represent them
- difficulty identifying or generating rhyming words or counting syllables in words
- difficulty segmenting words into individual sounds or blending sounds to make words
Older primary school children
- slow or inaccurate reading
- very poor spelling
- difficulty reading out loud, reading words in the wrong order or skipping words
- difficulty with time keeping and concept of time when doing a certain task
- difficulty with organizational skills
- tendencies to omit or add letters or words when writing and reading
What to expect from Dyslexia
Dyslexia treatment starts with an evaluation that is used to determine the person’s specific disability area. There is no cure for Dyslexia, however there are successful treatments that can help reduce the symptoms. The severity of the dyslexia as well as the age at which treatment is started influence the manner in which someone with Dyslexia develops.
More information about Dyslexia
There is extensive information available about Dyslexia. The information included is intended to inform you about the basics of this eye condition, and is not intended as a replacement for information from your physician or eye specialist. Information regarding assistive devices that can help you if you have been diagnosed with Dyslexia is included. Our recommendations can be found under Tools and Resources.