Understanding dyslexia

What's It Like to Have Dyslexia? What Causes Dyslexia?

how to help a child with dyslexia at home

What Else Should I Know? A student with dyslexia may get more time to complete assignments or testspermission to record class lectures, or copies of lecture notes.

Your child's teacher, psychologist, or pediatrician may recommend an academic therapist — also called an education therapist or an academic language therapist — who is trained to work with kids with dyslexia.

Some people with dyslexia have trouble in other school skills, like handwriting and math, or they may have trouble paying attention or remembering things. These pictures also show that the brains of people with dyslexia don't work efficiently during reading.

Understanding dyslexia in adults

It's important to recognize and appreciate each person's strengths, whether they're in sports, drama, art, creative problem solving, or something else. Dyslexia is not a disease. Kids who have difficulty often avoid reading because it's hard or stressful. Ask your parent, teacher, or learning disability services coordinator how to get these services if you need them. Fortunately, with proper help, most people with dyslexia learn to read. So that's why reading seems like such slow, hard work. The good news is that with systematic intervention to learn skills and compensatory strategies, dyslexics can and do learn to read, spell, and write. Some people with dyslexia have trouble in other school skills, like handwriting and math, or they may have trouble paying attention or remembering things. Some people work around their dyslexia, but it takes a lot of effort and extra work.

In some cases, it doesn't become apparent until a child is older and is expected to read and comprehend longer and more complex material. For older students in challenging classes, services are available that provide recorded versions of any book, even textbooks.

So it's important to recognize symptoms early in elementary school and begin specialized reading instruction right away. People with dyslexia can become doctors, politicians, corporate executives, actors, musicians, artists, teachers, inventors, entrepreneurs, or whatever else they choose.

Most people think that dyslexia causes people to reverse letters and numbers and see words backwards. These skills underlie learning to decode words and are required if one is to "break the reading code" and become a good reader and speller.

By language-based learning disability, we are referring to a difficulty processing the sounds phonemes of our language. Dealing With Dyslexia Although dealing with dyslexia can be tough, help is available.

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Understanding Dyslexia (for Teens)