Saturday, December 26, 2015

Signs of dyslexia

Dyslexia is . . . .
“A specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It 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 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 growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.”
International Dyslexia

What does that mean?
Dyslexia is a language based
disability that affects ones language skills, particularly the ability to read, spell and write.  An individual with
dyslexia typically has lower skills in reading than in other academic areas.  The root of dyslexia is a
difficulty identifying and isolating
letter sounds within words.
This difficulty often leads to problems with other areas of reading. 

What causes dyslexia?
             While the exact cause is still unclear, brain imaging studies have revealed that there are differences in brain functions for dyslexic individuals.

How is dyslexia diagnosed?
             Some symptoms can be observed before a child enters school.  Once in school, the child is observed to determine if they are meeting their grade level expectations.  The school may choose to use more specific structured          instruction to improve reading progress.
Parents can pursue a comprehensive evaluation at any time in order to gain more specific information.  This can be done by the school or outside specialists.

Is dyslexia a vision problem?
Dyslexia occurs when the brain has   difficulty processing language.  Dyslexia is not resolved by providing glasses or tinted lenses.

What are the signs of dyslexia?
· Difficulty learning to speak
· Difficulty mastering rhymes
· Difficulty expressing self
· Mixing order of letters or numbers when writing
· Difficulty manipulating sounds in words
· Difficulty learning to read
· Reverse letter sequences  like “left” for “felt”
· Difficulty recalling the right word for  common vocabulary “it’s on the tip of my tongue”
· Difficulty reading quickly enough to  Comprehend 
Nazanin Dadfarin MA, BCET

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