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Dyslexia: You Can Do More Than You Think

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

Demographics

Take this quiz to see how much you know about Dyslexia in the world:

 Causes

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.

Symptoms:
  • 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
Common Misconceptions

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/

Treatment

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.

Raising Awareness

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.

 

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COMMENTS: 3
  1. April 27, 2017 by jfellows

    Thanks for educating people about dyslexia. I think it is important that we recognize dyslexia as not a problem but something to celebrate! Dyslexics are entrepreneurs, out of the box thinkers, amazingly resilient and incredibly intelligent! Well don!

  2. April 30, 2017 by David Long

    Hi Melissa,

    Thanks for educating us about dyslexia and the challenges that someone with dyslexia faces each and every day. I enjoyed your presentation!

  3. April 30, 2017 by David

    Great job Mel!

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