Symptoms of Dyslexia

Common symptoms of dyslexia include problems with:

– Reading, spelling and learning to speak

– Organizing written and spoken language

– Learning letters and their sounds

– Learning a foreign language

– Memorizing number facts

– Confusion with number order

– Solving basic math equations

Others may include:

– Problems learning to tell time

– Difficulty in grappling with concepts of yesterdat, today and tomorrow

– Poor motor skills

– Limited understanding of non-verbal communication

– Easily distracted

– Disruptive behavior or withdrawn in class

(Not all students who have these difficulties are dyslexic. Formal testing is needed to confirm suspected dyslexia.)

After a child starts school, indicators include:

– Problems reading single words

– Difficulty connecting letters and sounds

– Confusion with small words such as “at” and “to”

– Letter reversals such as “d” for “b”

– Word reversal such as “dog” for “god”

Many children naturally face problems with letter reversal before the age of seven. However, if the reversal persists, reading problems continue, other signs exist, or there is a family history of dyslexia, seek professional evaluation.

You are not alone and you are not hopeless

Contrary to popular opinion, people with dyslexia are actually quite common in society.  Famous people like Albert Einstein, Lee Kuan Yew, Tom Cruise, Agatha Christie, Walt Disney and Sir Richard Branson have dyslexia. According to the Education Ministry of Malaysia, 314,000 school-going children in Malaysia have dyslexia.

Dyslexia is a brain-based type of learning disability that affects the person’s ability to read. Despite having normal or even above-average intelligence, a person with dyslexia reads at a significantly lower level than expected.

The common characteristic of dyslexia is the difficulty in phonological processing or the manipulation of sound. People with dyslexia can also face difficulty in expressing themselves clearly or fully understanding what is being said by  other people.

However, people with dyslexia are often capable or even gifted in areas that do not require strong language skills, such as art, design, drama, music and sports.

Source: The Star Newspaper

One Response to “Symptoms of Dyslexia”
  1. When a teacher or parent is trying to help a child learn his/her sight words, consider The Davis Method. Ron Davis wrote The Gift of Dyslexia and The Gift of Learning. He developed this method coming from the place of his own Dyslexia. Words like “were” and “where” don’t follow the typical rules of phonics so they are more difficult to learn than “mat.” These Dolch words or sight words give dyslexic children a hard time because they are abstract and can’t be pictured. Dyslexics are many times non-verbal processors and visual-spatial learners. The Davis Method takes that into account and works with the child’s strengths.

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