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Dyslexia

Dyslexia

By Definition

Any of various reading disorders associated with impairment of the ability to interpret spatial relationships or to integrate auditory and visual information.

*Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)

A difficulty with reading or writing that some people have because they are unable to see words as meaningful shapes or the differences between letters

*Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary (Beta Version)

Characteristics

Individuals with dyslexia:

  • May be bright, intelligent and articulate, however their reading, writing and spelling level is below their average age group.
  • Have the same intelligence range as people without dyslexia.
  • May have poor academic achievement due to their problems with reading and writing.
  • May have good oral language abilities but will perform much more poorly on similar written-language tests.
  • Might be labelled lazy, dumb, careless, immature, “not trying hard enough,” or as having a “behavior problem.”
  • Because dyslexia primarily affects reading while sparing other intellectual abilities, affected individuals might be categorised as not “behind enough” or “bad enough” to receive additional help in a school setting.
  • Might feel dumb and have poor self-esteem, and might be easily frustrated and emotional about school reading or testing.
  • Might try to hide their reading weaknesses with ingenious compensatory “strategies”.
  • Might learn best through hands-on experience, demonstrations, experimentation, observation, and visual aids.
  • Can show talents in other areas such as art, drama, music, sports, mechanics, story-telling, sales, business, designing, building, or engineering.
  • Have related problems with attention in a school setting; for instance they might seem to “zone out” or daydream often; get lost easily or lose track of time; and have difficulty sustaining attention.45

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