Winona Dyslexia Group

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What is Dyslexia?

What exactly is Dyslexia and How can it Affect a Child's Education?

    Dyslexia is a language based learning disability that effects the way someone might see, hear or interpret a word or set of numbers. This person may have difficulty reading, spelling, writing or pronouncing words. Dyslexia is referred to as a learning disability because it can make it very difficult for a student to succeed academically in a typical learning environment. However, if the problem is addressed early in in the child's life, it can most often be corrected.

    People with dyslexia can also have trouble with spoken language skills and often find it difficult to express themselves clearly or to fully comprehend what others are trying to say. These problems can be hard to recognize, but if left undiscovered, can lead to problems in school, work and every day social situations.
  
                     

    Not only can dyslexia affect a child's academic development, it can have a tremendous effect on a child's social development. Dyslexia can greatly influence a person's self-esteem. Students struggling with a learning disability like dyslexia often feel "dumb" or less intelligent that they really are. After experiencing these academic or social problems, students tend to become discouraged and give up on there education. These self-esteem issues can be avoided with proper tutoring and education.
What Causes Dyslexia?

    Although it is unclear what specifically causes dyslexia, we do know that it is a neurological disability and studies have shown that the condition is hereditary. Research tells us that the brain of an individual with dyslexia develops and functions differently than that of a "normal" brain. These people tend to think "outside the box" and many excel in other areas of study, struggling only with language based learning. Some people may learn early reading and spelling skills but later experience their most debilitating problems when more complex language skills are required, such as grammar skills, essay writing, and understanding textbook material.

    There is no cure for dyslexia, but by understanding and addressing the problems early, a child can overcome the obstacle and go on to excel in a rewarding academic career.

What are the signs of dyslexia?

    Some common signs of dyslexia in children and adults may include:

  •     Reversing letters like b and d or p and q
  •     Inverting letters like n and u, M and W, d and q
  •     Mirror writing letters/numbers like on/no and won/now or 71/17 and 35/53
  •     Putting letters in the wrong order like form and from or felt and left
  •     Writing or reading words in the wrong order like are there for there are
  •     Spelling words how they sound like rite for right
  •     Spacial Orientation Problems (Trouble with Left/Right, North/South/East/West)
  •     Poor, inconsistent or illegible handwriting/unusual pencil grip
  •     Can count but has difficulty counting objects or dealing with money
  •     Can do math but has trouble understanding algebra, word problems, or other more complex math
  •     Seems to "Zone out" or daydream often, has trouble sustaining attention
  •     Can have difficulty telling time on a traditional clock
  •     Reads and rereads with little comprehention


These are just some of the many signs of dyslexia, a simple test can be done to tell whether or not a person has this or any other learning disability.