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Are You Dyslexic? What Should You Look Out For?

By: Edward W Siemens

Dealing with dyslexia is a very hard thing for people with the condition. Most people say that their childhood was the best part of their lives; a dyslexic however will disagree to this tooth and nail. Constant taunting, belittling and abuse are very common and most dyslexics have a childhood which they will never want to revisit.

Dyslexia is learning disability which specifically affects a person's ability to learn a language. Dyslexics find it hard to read, hear or interpret language and thus become estranged from their peers and fall behind them as time goes on. As kids they are made to believe that they are inferior to their friends and classmates as there is something critically wrong with them and as time goes on their self esteem and self worth goes down in a spirals down. Eventually they give up on themselves and their society which only makes things worse for them.

Now a lot of symptoms are known to point at dyslexia, most prominent amongst these are:

1. Inability to tell left from right and confusion in telling direction.
2. Cannot follow a simple 2 or 3 step instruction.
3. Reversing order of similar looking letters such as b, d or p and confusion in words with similar meaning.
4. Late development of habits such as learning how to tie shoelace, learning how to ride a bicycle etc.
5. General disinterest towards reading.
6. Generally considered as slow, stupid or lazy by peers and parents.
7. Poor in mathematics or disciplines involving sequencing.
8. Poorly or uniquely organized.
9. Has a family history learning disabilities such as dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, etc.

Dyslexia can be treated with psychological intervention. While it cannot be totally removed from a person, coping strategies can be developed so that a person can use his strengths to live a more confident and fulfilled life.

It must also be understood that dyslexia has many symptoms which are the same as ADD, ADHD, dyscalculia (inability to do basic math), dysgraphia (inability to comprehend graphical objects), dyspraxia (Poor motor co-ordination) etc, thus a proper assessment must be made so that you may know which disability you have. A proper diagnosis is the first step towards taking corrective measures towards corrective measures.

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