7 SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF DYSLEXIA
As humans, we hate to feel like we’re not “normal.” We want to be able to do things as well as most other people, and we often feel self-conscious and embarrassed if it looks like we are not as smart as others. Dyslexia is a learning disorder that involves difficulty reading due to problems identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words (decoding). Also called reading disability, dyslexia affects areas of the brain that process language.
People with dyslexia have normal intelligence and usually have normal vision. Most children with this learning disorder can succeed in school with tutoring or a specialized education program. Emotional support also plays an important role. Though there’s no cure for dyslexia, early assessment and intervention result in the best outcome. Sometimes dyslexia goes undiagnosed for years and isn’t recognized until adulthood, but it’s never too late to seek help. Here are 7 signs and symptoms of a dyslexia person:
1. SPELLING DIFFICULTY
Categorically, lots of people aren’t too good at spelling. For dyslexics, however, spelling is a particularly difficult challenge due to the problems they have with remembering how things are ordered. The same might be true when it comes to remembering things like telephone numbers because learning disorder hampers the brain’s ability to put things in the proper order and keep them there.
2. Displays Early Learning Difficulties
Many children with dyslexia displayed early learning difficulties, such as problems learning colors, letter, or numbers despite good intelligence and often strong oral language skills. Children with dyslexia often have a history that includes articulation, speech, or language difficulties.
3. Has Difficulty with Rhyming
Children with dyslexia often have a specific difficulty with oral rhyming. Most identifiable at a young age, they have difficulty responding to questions such as, “What rhymes with cat?” Additionally, they can’t recognize rhyming patterns like cat, mat, hat. Sounding out simple words may be very difficult for them. Their difficulty mapping sounds to letters makes speech a laborious process for dyslexic children.
Dyslexia’s ability to create difficulty remembering how things are ordered can extend into all aspects of life, including keeping personal belongings or a work space organized, or even remembering what time to pick the kids up at soccer practice. Anything you can think of that requires order can present a special challenge for someone with dyslexia.
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5. Hates Reading
Many children with dyslexia hate reading and resist it. The irony is these are often very bright and inquisitive children with strong mechanical skills. Parents will often tell me that these same reading resisters love to be read to. Reading is hard for them and without proper instruction in a manner that unlocks their learning, they’ll avoid it.
6. Has trouble learning to count or say the days of the week and other common word sequences
7. MISSED APPOINTMENTS
People with dyslexia are a lot more likely to experience some confusion when dealing with specific dates and times. Because of this, they may be more likely to miss appointments or show up on the wrong day.
Understanding dyslexia warning signs and looking for ways to help your child is an important first step. There’s a lot you can do just don’t feel you have to do everything all at once. Pace yourself. If you try a bunch of strategies at the same time, it might be hard to figure out which ones are working. And do your best to stay positive. Your love and support can make a big difference in your child’s life. If you wish to discuss any specific problem, you can consult a neurologist and ask a free question.
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