Everything You Should Know about Dyslexia Test, Symptoms, Types and Treatment
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Everything You Should Know about Dyslexia Test, Symptoms, Types and Treatment

Dyslexia Definition

Dyslexia is a disorder in which the person diagnosed has trouble reading and spelling words.

 

What is Dyslexia?

  • People having Dyslexia need more time to decode words and pronounce them than other people of the same age.
  • Dyslexia does not affect a person’s smartness and intelligence, or vision, people often are more eager to learn and are creative thinkers.
  • The condition only affects their reading and learning ability.

 

What does dyslexia look like

  • You might have trouble reading even normal words.
  • Reading speed may be slow and might have to put extra effort when reading.
  • Letters may be mixed-up like “dad” as “bad”.
  • Trouble remembering what you read.
  • Numbers and word problems in math may be hard to solve.

 

Symptoms

There are some possible symptoms, on these bases one can be tested for dyslexia:

  • Difficulty or poor reading skills even though having normal intelligence
  • Trouble at writing and spelling and with numbers
  • Taking more than usual time at completing tasks and assignments
  • Trouble at remembering things, lists, names
  • The trouble with directions (left, right, etc.) or with maps

Having one of these troubles doesn’t mean you have dyslexia but if show any of these problems, you should get tested. The test can be taken by a professional, reading specialist, psychologist, or rather at school or community.

 

Anyone could be affected by dyslexia but kids and children are most likely to be diagnosed. It is also different for everyone and is different at every stage. It can be diagnosed by a professional through a thorough test.

 

Causes

  • Dyslexia is said to be a condition caused by genes.
  • In most cases, the condition runs in family.
  • If your parents, sibling or any other blood relation have dyslexia, chances are you might develop it too.
  • Brain injury or accident can also be a cause.
  • In dyslexia, parts of the brain that process language mainly the left side of the brain, don’t work properly and are not active completely.
  • The brain has a hard time connecting spelling or letters to sounds and then saying them. Neurological abnormalities or faults are present.

 

Dyslexia Types

There are several types of dyslexia identified even though symptoms are most common. These include:

 

Acquired Dyslexia

  • It is not usually genetically acquired or hereditary.
  • It often occurs in older ages, mainly because of a brain or head injury.

 

Developmental Dyslexia

  • This type of dyslexia is present since birth and is not caused by any brain injury or any other brain accident.
  • Treatment can help but it is a lifelong condition.

 

Surface Dyslexia

  • Surface dyslexia is acquired most often but can be developmental.
  • A diagnosed person normally does not have reading difficulty but they have to split words to read them.
  • It is often more troublesome when the spellings do not align with pronunciation.

 

Phonological Dyslexia

  • People with dyslexia may have trouble reading long, unrecognized words but can read familiar words correctly.
  • In this type of dyslexia, a person can read through lexical pathways but have trouble with auditory processing.
  • Generally, developmental dyslexia can be acquired after a stroke or brain injury.

 

Deep Dyslexia

  • The most severe type of dyslexia is an acquired form of dyslexia.
  • The diagnosed person loses the remaining ability to write and read.
  • The person's both visual and phonological neural pathways are damaged which results in not being able to recognize words and sound words.

 

Dyslexia Treatment

  • Dyslexia is a chronic disorder, however, one with dyslexia can express themselves in their own way with developing over time.
  • Early access to treatment will help more in learning to express and adapt to learn overall with the condition.
  • Treatments are available but there is no actual cure.

 

Dyslexia Treatment For Adults

 

Educational techniques

  • Using special educational approaches by teachers at the earliest can help better the condition.
  • Learning phonemes (sounds that make up the words), phonics (letters representing phonemes) understanding comprehension, and reading aloud to improve fluency are some techniques.
  • Psychologists, reading specialists, and speech therapists can also help with dyslexia.
  • Regular practices of these treatments can grow the speed of development.

 

Dyslexia Test

Here are basic assessment test questions which will help you to identify if you have dyslexia or not.

 

Sr Questions to ask yourself

YES/NO

1  Do you read slowly?

 

2  Did you have trouble learning how to read when you were in school?

 

3  Do you often have to read something two or three times before it makes sense?

 

4  Are you uncomfortable reading out loud?

 

5  Do you omit, transpose, or add letters when you are reading or writing?

 

6  Do you find you still have spelling mistakes in your writing even after Spell Check?

 

7  Do you find it difficult to pronounce uncommon multi-syllable words when you are reading?

 

8  Do you choose to read magazines or short articles rather than longer books and novels?

 

9  When you were in school, did you find it extremely difficult to learn a foreign language?

 

10  Do you avoid work projects or courses that require extensive reading?

 

Famous people with Dyslexia

Here are persons who have dyslexia but became famous in their own field.

  • Albert Einstein
  • Stephen Hawking
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Pablo Picasso
  • Richard Branson
  • Steve Jobs
  • George Washington
  • Abraham Lincoln

 

No matter where you go in the world, you will find dyslexic individuals who have achieved success, despite experiencing early difficulties with reading and writing.

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Dyslexia FAQ

What dyslexia looks like?

Dyslexia will look like the below symptoms.

  • You might have trouble reading even normal words.
  • Reading speed may be slow and might have to put extra effort when reading.
  • Letters may be mixed-up like “dad” as “bad”.
  • Trouble remembering what you read.
  • Numbers and word problems in math may be hard to solve.

What is dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a disorder in which the person diagnosed has trouble reading and spelling words.

Dyslexia does not affect a person’s smartness and intelligence, or vision, people often are more eager to learn and are creative thinkers.

What causes dyslexia?

Here are some causes of Dyslexia.

  • Dyslexia is said to be a condition caused by genes.
  • In most cases, the condition runs in family.
  • If your parents, sibling or any other blood relation have dyslexia, chances are you might develop it too.
  • Brain injury or accident can also be a cause

Who diagnoses dyslexia?

Dyslexia can be diagnosed by Psychologists, therapists & special teachers also.

  • Using special educational approaches by teachers at the earliest can help better the condition.
  • Psychologists, reading specialists, and speech therapists can also help with dyslexia.

How to help students with dyslexia?

Dyslexia Tips For Students

Learning phonemes (sounds that make up the words), phonics (letters representing phonemes) understanding comprehension, and reading aloud to improve fluency are some techniques.

Special educational approaches by teachers at the earliest can help better the condition to help students.

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