The National center for Learning Disabilities reports one in five children in the United States has learning and attention issues. Many of those children have symptoms of dyslexia, a language-based disability that makes it very difficult to learn to read.
Dyslexia can be extremely frustrating for individuals with this condition, as well as their families, teachers and employers. But with early identification and appropriate instruction, children will be much more likely to reach their full potential in school and in the workplace.
You can help your loved ones, or others who have dyslexia, by understanding the true nature of this learning condition and spreading the word. A good place to start is by dispelling the myths and misunderstandings that many of us have about dyslexia.
People with dyslexia see letters in words in reversed or mixed-up order.
Many of us have joked at one time or another about having dyslexia. Maybe you had trouble writing down a phone number, or you reversed the letters in a word you were trying to spell. But people with dyslexia do not "read backwards." Dyslexia does not originate from visual impairments. Instead, individuals with dyslexia have trouble associating printed letters with the sounds they represent.
However, someone could have one or more of these difficulties and not have dyslexia. Formal testing of reading, language and writing skills is the only way to confirm a diagnosis of suspected dyslexia.
Individuals with dyslexia have difficulties acquiring and using written language. Specific problems experienced by people with dyslexia include the following.
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