Dyslexia: You Can Do
More Than You Think
by Melissa Vaz-Ayes
What is Dyslexia?
Dyslexia is categorized by an unexpected impaired reading ability when compared with the affected person’s level of intelligence. Dyslexia is a linguistic problem, not a visual one.
What is it like for a person with Dyslexia? Check out this simulator to see what reading is like for someone with Dyslexia: http://webaim.org/simulations/dyslexia
Take this quiz to see how much you know about Dyslexia in the world:
The ways in which Dyslexia develops are not completely clear but numerous theories have been proposed. Many believe that there is a genetic component as Dyslexia tends to run in families. A small amount of people acquire Dyslexia following traumatic brain injuries.
- Difficulty learning to read
- Lifetime milestones are reached later
- Mispronunciation of words
- Difficulty with coordination and spelling
- Problems with phonology
- Difficulty concentrating
- Many children diagnosed with Dyslexia are also diagnosed with ADHD
- Autoimmune conditions
- People with Dyslexia are more likely to develop autoimmune conditions such as asthma
Dyslexia is often confused with:
- Dyscalculia (difficulty performing simple mathematical computations)
- Dysgraphia (inability to write coherently)
- Dyspraxia (inability to perform purposeful actions)
An Interview with Someone living with Dyslexia
Skip to 5:00 for the best part 🙂
Sound familiar? Think you may have Dyslexia? Take this free assessment from Davis Dyslexia Association International: https://www.testdyslexia.com/
There is no cure for Dyslexia, but there are methods to aid in alleviating the symptoms of the disorder. Interventions are directed towards helping the affected cope with their disorder and understanding their impairment. Early diagnosis and support is vital to help improve reading and writing skills as well as the affected’s self-esteem and personal ambition.
So What’s Next?
GET INVOLVED! So many of the people around us are silently struggling through this disorder on their own and most schools don’t have the training or funding to support these students. It doesn’t have to be a massive effort. You can help by dedicating your time to tutoring a friend in need. Ask coordinators at your school if there is a program set in place to help those with Dyslexia and other linguistic problems. Ask yourself, have you been supportive and kind to those around you?
Every little act makes a difference. By simply reassuring someone with Dyslexia that they are not below average, that they can achieve their goals, that they can do whatever they set their mind to, you can change an entire life.
My Personal Connection
Two of my family members, my mom and my little sister, originally believed they suffered from Dyslexia. After further research, we discovered that they actually had dysgraphia, an inability to write coherently as a result of the action of writing being unable to keep up with the flow of thoughts. A close friend of mine has been diagnosed with Dyscalculia, and for a large part of his life, I have watched him struggle through countless assignments while teachers label him as unintelligent but in reality, so many of them are simply unaware and uneducated.