For years, people have
heard of dyslexia, but many haven’t really asked, “What
is dyslexia?” or “What is dyslexia like to its sufferers?”
Simply put, dyslexia is a learning disability that hinders a person’s
ability to truly understand how to read, write, spell and sometimes
speak correctly. Usually dyslexia is associated with reversed letters,
but the disability is much deeper than that. This disorder is life-long,
and sufferers must find the best tactics for them to excel in school
and later in life.
Each person who has dyslexia is different. The severity of their
dyslexia is different. Tackling dyslexia at an early age is important
because the disability has a heavy effect on a child’s self
esteem. Because the disability can affect everyone in various ways,
it is vital to find what type of dyslexia they have and work around
it. Some people with dyslexia cannot express themselves clearly
because they can’t structure their words quickly during a
conversation. Others have trouble understanding when people speak
to them because they cannot process verbal information. This commonly
happens when others tell jokes or proverbs.
Dyslexia is thought to be hereditary since sufferers are born with
the learning disability. According to the National Institute of
Health, roughly 15 percent of the American population has dyslexia.
This disability can happen to anyone, regardless of ethnicity or
gender. If you or a loved one is exhibiting signs of dyslexia, take
them to a specialist. A trained professional can do an evaluation
of the patient. They will typically look at a person’s cognitive
development, as well as their academic skills. These tests can involve
medical, educational, social history and behavioral aspects.
Some may wonder, “what is dyslexia going to do to my future?”
The answer: nothing, if you diagnose it and deal with it early in
life. With good teachers and good tutors, a person can overcome
many of the obstacles dyslexia throws their way, becoming good readers
and writers and living a perfectly normal life.