Living with Dyslexia

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The article propounds the views of people who are living with Dyslexia, a term related to “specific learning difficulties”. Dyslexia is defined as a difficulty faced by people when learning to read, write and spell. But for those Dyslexia persons, it becomes problematic to pin down exactly what type of dilemma they would face or would come across as the term Dyslexia embraces diverse problems that cannot be quantified. This disorder manifests itself to those living with Dyslexia as a genuine dilemma associated with learning to read despite conventional instructions, adequate intelligence and socio-cultural opportunity.

For the last ten years those living with Dyslexia have attained massive attention from specialists, dieticians, audiologists, therapists and other medical professionals. This has resulted in a wealth of information. The importance of having children assessed when they are in the pre-school stage cannot be overemphasized since living with Dyslexia becomes easier when they received appropriate help which allows them to lead a contented life. Dyslexia affects around 4% of the population and the problem manifest itself in writing, reading, number work, short memory, hand control and visual processing. It also affects the dyslexic person’s sense of punctuality, sense of direction and inter-personal skills.

More males are living with Dyslexia but the Dyslexic child is always talking and asking questions, is extremely bright yet they rarely reach their full potential. Most of these children living with Dyslexia experience difficulties at school and the problems remain unidentified till the child begins to lose their academic grades. These days, various tests are available for children living with Dyslexia who is four years and above. The tests may be of half-hour duration and can even stretch to four hours. The shorter tests establish the problems and its causes while the longer tests on those living with Dyslexia provide a thorough background including the intelligent quotient of the affected child.

A Dyslexic’s mind is always active and does not have a stationary focal point. A Dyslexic’s brain gets confused and disoriented by the common alphabet letters and punctuations with words which cannot be correlated as they are highly visual. In the Dyslexic child’s conscious mind, the word might be just a blur or blank. A Dyslexic style of operation and thinking is primarily visual and non-verbal. A non-Dyslexic person thinks at about 150 words per minute or 2.5 words per second while the person living with Dyslexia speed of thought is 400 to 2000 times of a normal way of thinking. This highly multi-sensory intuitive thinking explains why a Dyslexic person could be a genius like Albert Einstein or Leonardo Da Vinci.

Through “Symbol Mastery”, which is the multi-sensory approach to letters, words, numbers, punctuation marks and math symbols, the Dyslexic person is able to learn as the system creates letters in 3-D. It helps them to understand the meaning of the word, what it looks like and sounds like. The Dyslexia affected persons are also given “trigger letters” and words that do not cause disorientation. These words are accompanied by visual pictures. The best method is a structured systematic phonemic approach that makes teaching in the sequential method easier for those living with Dyslexia to grasp and understand the topic.

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