Short Takes on the Disabilities: What is Dyslexia?

Short Takes on the Disabilities: What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is an invisible disability. It is caused by a difference in brain structure which is present at birth and is often hereditary. As a result, incoming or outgoing information gets scrambled as it travels between the senses and the brain. Dyslexia does not affect intelligence level–yet it can impair one’s ability to learn, retain and express information.

Recognizing and manipulating symbols, especially letters and numbers in sequence, presents the most universally acknowledged problem. Reading, writing and math, taught by traditional methods, can be difficult if not impossible for the person with dyslexia to master. Poor memory, coordination problems, confusion of right and left, and impaired depth perception are also common attributes.

Who Has Dyslexia?
Dyslexia occurs in 15 percent of the population. Men and women from every ethnic, social and economic background are affected.

Some of the most successful and famous people in the world have dyslexia…. You would be surprised.

What Are The Signs of Dyslexia?
A cluster of characteristics that interferes with one’s ability to function in school or at work could be a clue to this hidden disability. The severity of these symptoms vary from person to person. Dyslexia can be indentified through proper testing by trained specialists.

Symptoms of Dyslexia in Childhood:
-Difficulty expressing thoughts
-Delaying learning of tasks such as tying shoes and telling time
-Inattentiveness and distractability
-Inability to follow directions
-Left-Right Confusion
-Difficulty learning the alpabet, multiplication tables, words or lyrics
-Poor playground skills
-Difficulty learning to read
-Mixing the order of numbers and letters

Symptoms of Dyslexia in Adolesecence and Adulthood:
-Difficulty processing information you hear
-Often can’t find keys, wallet other items
-Slow at reading
-Difficulty remembering names
-Hesitant speach, difficulty finding appropriate words
-Difficulty organizing ideas to write a letter or paper
-Poor spelling
-Inability to remember phone numbers

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