More about Dyslexia
Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin that is believed to affect 1 in 10, to perhaps even as high as 1 in 5 people!
As Dyslexia often goes un-diagnosed, October is Dyslexia Awareness Month, where we look to boost awareness, and dispel the myths about what is Dyslexia is. Dyslexics as they are known often possess out of the box thinking, and are great problem solvers, there are many World famous Dyslexics, too many to list here, but lets just say that Abert Einstein is believed to have been Dyslexic.
Dyslexia is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological (sound system) component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede the growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.
Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling. Characteristic features of dyslexia are difficulties in the awareness of individual sounds in a word (ability to identify and manipulate separate sounds within words), verbal memory and verbal processing speed.
Dyslexia occurs across the range of intellectual abilities. It is best thought of as a continuum, not a distinct category, and there are no clear cut-off points. Co-occurring difficulties may be seen in aspects of language, motor co-ordination, mental calculation, concentration and personal organisation, but these are not, by themselves, markers of dyslexia. A good indication of the severity and persistence of dyslexic difficulties can be gained by examining how the individual responds or has responded to well founded intervention.
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