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