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A Brief Overview of What Dyslexia Is

OK below is a report I did on Dyslexia. It is pretty dry, but it does a fair job of giving a over view of what it is. I would really like to get more into the details and give you they symptoms of what it is like to be Dyslexic and how to over come some of the challenges. Most in particular, how to study for tests, take notes, and to know what studies are your biggest challenges, so that you don't over load yourself if your attending college. This can even translate into daily living conditions, such as the work place.

Sadly I just don't have the time right now because of a large trip that is pending in the next few days. IF anyone is interested, please state so, and when I get back in Mid March, I will work on it. Dyslexia is only debilitating when you don't know where your strengths and weaknesses are, and what you can do to over come many of the obstacles. It is not a mental condition. Very intelligent people have Dyslexia. Most have no understanding what it is, so I am taking a short cut to explaining it. I offer up my old English Report on the subject.

If for some reason you need citations, we can do all that when I get back. But this is only the tip of the iceberg on what dyslexia is. Hope you enjoy the read. It's not the best but it will do.

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I have always been called a “creative speller.” My grades have long been rather disappointing to me. All the way through high school, I did either very well in some subjects or terrible in others. Upon failing algebra for the fifth time, I finally figured out a way to better organize myself so that I could pass my classes. Years later, I was diagnosed with dyslexia, a neurological disorder, which for many people simply means learning certain subjects such as math and English can be very challenging. Long into my adulthood, I have learned how to work around my disability. I became increasingly aware that many of my previous teachers lacked the understanding of what dyslexia was. If teachers could recognize and understand its symptoms, then they could make some easy and necessary adjustments to their curriculums so that students like me, could have a better educational outcome.  

Dyslexia is an ancient disorder that has long affected people. The term “Dyslexia” literally means ‘difficulty with words.’ It comes from the Greek dys = difficulty and lexis = word. Dyslexia is a hereditary neurological learning disorder. Quite often these students are wrongly accused of being lazy or dumb. However, recent studies have shown that these people come from a broad base of intelligence. Some of the many challenges dyslexic people tend to face are the difficulties in reading, comprehension, proper expression through speech, making spelling errors, receiving low math scores, as well as the reduced ability to learn new concepts and ideas.Dyslexics also manifest difficulty following directions, are clumsy, have difficulty remembering and recalling names to peoples and things, reverse letters and numbers, incorrectly use words in sentences, confuse before and after, left and right, and so on. Current studies suggest that 15 to 20 percent of the US population have a reading disability. Of this group, 85 percent are dyslexics.  

Dyslexia is now considered the single largest learning disability in America. It is estimated that 20 million Americans, or 1 in 10 people, live with this learning disorder. Research has shown that students with dyslexia tend to find it very difficult to follow the standard curriculum in school. As a result, many of these individuals fall behind in their studies, which quickly turn to frustration, and ultimately this leads some to drop out of school.In 1999, a study performed by Jane Kirk and Gavin Reid in the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, revealed a significant number of British prisoners were tested for dyslexia. The results showed that there were far more dyslectic people in the prison population than had originally been expected. The researchers concluded that there is a direct link between dyslexia and poor school performance, leading to truancy and juvenile crime.  

The study strengthens my belief that schools need to review how they structure and process their curriculums. Although each dyslexic person has his or her own unique challenges, they all have something in common. They all tend to learn more slowly and in different ways than the general population. Therefore, dyslexic people learned to develop creative strategies that work best for them. For example, they use repetition techniques to understand and remember subjects being taught to them. When it comes to reading and writing, dyslexics learn to take good notes and to repeat the idea over and over so that it imprints upon their memories.  

As a high school freshman, Lindsey Disher of Harker Heights, Texas, struggled with some of her classes. Later she was tested and diagnosed with dyslexia. It was the repetition and good study habits that allowed her to later excel in her studies. As a result, Lindsey graduates from high school one year early. She later went on to Ballor University in Waco, Texas, where she continued to obtain A’s and B’s in her classes. According to Disher “ But just because you have a learning disability doesn't mean you're dumber, or you can't excel or do what you want to in your education. It just means you learn differently."I believe that teachers can improve dyslexics’ school performance by incorporating the repetition strategy in their method of teaching. By asking some leading questions, it is possible to discover which methods might work best for students. This could be through a mixture of visual, auditory, or writing techniques. Teachers may also need to explain things in a more detailed and multi-dimensional process to be more easily understood.  

In retrospect I am convinced a lot more can be done to help students with dyslexia. The key to success is through understanding, and acknowledging that dyslexia is a learning disorder. Through providing the needed assistance through small adjustments in teachers’ curriculums, it is now possible to change the future outlook of these students from bleak to hopeful. The result would be improved reading, writing and math skills as well as a drop in truancy. This in turn will give them greater opportunities in life, allowing them to find the resources they need to support their families. Dyslexic students, like any others, deserve a chance at being successful in their educational outlook. It will be improved teaching strategies that will provide the fertile ground to which success and dreams can be built upon.  

 

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very well written story ,I also suffer from dyslexic but I had great math skills in school and I am a former member of mensa so this aliment didn't hold me back I had terrible school grades but my test scores were the highest in several classes I was made to take test over and under strict observation to be sure I didn't cheat ,my math teacher was also a mensa member and arranged for me to take a battery of test in my nineth grade ,with math scores over 99 %

If they knew what it was back in the 50's & 60's my life would B completely different & I would not of been labeled as stupid !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I spell with a accent

well spoken !!! thanks for sharring that i understood all of it .

Yea . . . Math, and English are our worst subjects. It has to do with how we learn. We need a complete 3 dimensional picture of what we are working with. Just starting a car is not enough. We need to know why it starts and how it runs.<br />
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English has so many odd rules, that it is REALLY Hard to grasp everything. Although I finally finished on the top of my class, I think it is largely due to my age, and experience, and trying like hell to make it work.<br />
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You can usually tell if a person is dyslexic by how he or she writes. If it is choppy, and does not flow well, then there is a chance. I use Opera for a browser when I do my English papers. It has a "Speak" ability, where you can type or paste in a line of words and it will read it back. When it reads back, if it is unclear or too wordy, I usually can catch it with my ears. But by looking at it, I can't see it very well.<br />
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I can get into this more when I come back from my trip. Just remind me mid March. It may be helpful. No one can teach a dyslexic person like a dyslexic person can. Did that make sense?<br />
Basically you have to know the mind of one.

thankyou for writing all this.it has helped alot.my 7 yr old son is being assesed at the moment for some sort of learning disability.we cant tell if he dyslexic or dyspraxic or both so we hope the professionals can as he finding things very hard at school he a very bright boy ,but has trouble with speech and writing