Commonly known as dyseidetic dyslexia learning disability, visual dyslexia is marked by confusion in the orientation of words and letters. People with visual dyslexia have an extremely difficult time reading, but are fairly capable of expressing themselves through writing, though spelling may be very poor.
Common symptoms of visual dyslexia include:
- Confusion of letters with similar orientation (b-d, p-q)
- Confusion of reversible words (was-saw, bat-tab, pat-tap, etc.)
- Difficulty learning words that are not phonetic.
- Difficulty instantly recognizing words.
- Spells phonetically (phonetics-fonetiks, laugh-laf, music-moosik, etc.)
Many people with visual dyslexia are capable of getting their point across through writing, though they may have extreme spelling errors. These patients are also capable of moderately spelling difficult phonetic words, but have a difficult time spelling and have difficulty learning simple irregular words.
If you suspect your child may be suffering from visual dyslexia, contact a health care provider for more information. He or she may be able to help you achieve a proper diagnosis, which is the first step to receiving proper treatment to help your child overcome dyslexia.