What is Dyslexia?

There are many definitions one could provide of dyslexia.

One can look upon dyslexia as a condition in which a child has more than the usual difficulty with the written language. As such, a child with dyslexia may have reading, writing and spelling scores below the level one would expect for someone of that age and intelligence level.

Without early detection and remediation, the child may be labelled as "stupid" or "unwilling to co-operate" with the teacher. As a result, anxiety, fear, anger, and a dislike for school may become prevalent in the child. Usually parents and/or a very observant teacher may notice something is wrong, although this may not always be the case. Some parents may just assume their child just cannot grasp the concepts, or cannot take the "pressure".


FAQ's on Dyslexia

What is dyslexia?
Dyslexia causes difficulties in learning to read, write and spell. As well, short-term memory, mathematics, concentration, personal organisation and sequencing may also be affected.

What causes dyslexia?
It is a congenital and developmental condition which impacts the learning in the use of words.

What are the most common ways in which dyslexia shows itself?
Many dyslexics have phonological difficulties (difficulty in sorting out the sounds within words) leading to problems with reading, writing and spelling The majority of dyslexic children have difficulty with language, memory and sequencing processes of basic mathematics.

At what age does dyslexia become a problem?
When children begin to learn using words and sometimes other symbols that it becomes a noticeable problem.

Can dyslexia be cured?
Each dyslexic person's difficulties are different and vary from slight to very severe disruption of the learning process. There is no total cure but the effects of dyslexia can be managed by specialist teaching and committed learning.

Does dyslexia cause behaviour problems?
Some dyslexic children have behaviour problems; these usually improve when the right kind of teaching for reading, writing, spelling and basic maths is provided.

Does having dyslexia mean a limited career future?
No, each dyslexic person has his own strengths and weaknesses. Many have lateral thinking abilities and shine in fields like arts, creativity and design.









Source: Dyslexia Action, a UK educational Charity