WHAT IS DYSLEXIA?
"Dyslexia is a learning style. It is not a disease or an identifiable physical condition. Dyslexics commonly experience difficulty with reading, writing, spelling and/or mathematical symbols. They also show outstanding strengths in other areas."
SYMPTOMS OF DYSLEXIA
The listing below indicates some of the most common symptoms characterizing a dyslexic individual. One may have a number of these symptoms in any combination.
- Reverses letters, numbers, or sequences.
- Spells incorrectly or inconsistently.
- Substitutes words when reading or writing.
- Omits words or lines when reading or writing.
- Omits punctuation and capital letters.
- Two, three, and four-letter words provide difficulty when reading.
- Letters and numbers appear to move, grow, shrink, or disappear.
BALANCE AND MOVEMENT:
- Experiences dizziness, nausea, or headaches when reading.
- Poor sense of direction: confuses left/right, difficulties with map reading.
- Inability to sit still.
- Handwriting difficulties.
- Balance and coordination problems.
- Difficulties to learn Math Concepts.
- Sequencing difficulties.
- Loses train of thought easily.
- Excessive daydreaming.
- Difficulty in reading clocks, especially manual clocks.
- Difficulty being on time or keeping track of time.
- Hyperactivity (being overactive).
- Hypoactivity (being under-active).
- Appears not to listen or hear what is said.
- Mispronunciation of consonant blends and complex words.
- Struggles when putting thoughts into words.
- "False" sounds are perceived.
- Sounds are perceived as quieter, louder, closer or farther away than reality.
- Feelings of low self-esteem and expresses feeling, "I am stupid."
- Easily frustrated with academic work.
- Uses avoidance techniques with school work.
- Tests too high to qualify for extra help at school, but does not succeed well at academic work.
All of these symptoms can be a result of disorientation which is at the root of most learning difficulties. Disorientation occurs in varying degrees from one person to the next and from moment to moment.