Dyslexia causes difficulties in learning to read, write and spell. Short-term memory, Math, concentration, personal organization and sequencing may also be affected.
Dyslexia is a disorder which has various types and classifications. The more commonly description of this disorder is the individual having difficulty with a written language. Dyslexia is a general term for other disabilities that may hinder a person’s learning curve.
Dysorthographia, is a mental disability that affects visual and auditory information process and includes spelling difficulties. Dysgraphia affects handwriting. Dyscalculia affects the process of using numbers and manipulating them. As dyslexia is a common term for various disabilities, it is needed to carefully assess the subject in order to pinpoint the specific disability that they have (Winstanley 2006).
Dyslexia will not be noticeable during the first three years of the child, but as soon as the child age and encounter numerous factors things may start to appear internally and externally. As the child ages and goes into society and then finally meet others in the same age group, factors became much more complex which the child may or not cope very well. Difficulties would show as the child with dyslexia faces new challenges and scenarios amongst their peers.
They may show a different personality at home, around the parents, but would clearly show within a school environment. Within the home, the child may feel at ease so the need to try and outdo others is not present, thus not displaying the symptoms of dyslexia to their parents.
On the other hand, when the child is in school and among his classmates, he would try to go throughout of the day without any burst of enthusiasm for the learning ahead and shyness would overcome him as his fellow classmates would race through and show more of a developing knowledge than he has .The child would soon distinguish that there is something with him and that the others would tease and make fun of him with his inability to excel in his studies. Further psychological test would be done in order to determine and check which type of dyslexia a child may have.
Symptoms: Strong and Weak Points of Dyslexia
Once a child or a person has been diagnosed with dyslexia, often times there are strong points, or symptoms, that appear to every individual like as follows: visual sensory; practicality; skillful; sports oriented; and have vivid imaginations.
Recalling and follow instructions; organization skills; concentration; and verification are the common symptoms and weak points of a child or person may have. Besides showing a slow learning level curve, a child or an individual may start showing the following behavior: laziness; bad behavior; being clumsy; and even have personal and family issues.
There are no known cures of dyslexia and no amount of medication can prevent it as well. However, children with dyslexia can be assisted to attain their full potential despite their disability to learning. Teachers and teaching aides are detrimental for the development of the learning curve and potential of children with this disability. It would be the teachers’ discretion on what approach to use so that the children can cope and excel with their studies inside the school room.
Teachers can use and garner help from students to buddy-up with children diagnoses with this disability in order to help motivate them. Recreating the environment of the classroom is another effective way of helping the children with dyslexia. Avoiding the overuse of bright and flashy colors; seating arrangements for the children in order for them to clearly see the board and their teacher; and as well as minimizing the distraction factors for the children to create a conducive learning environment for those afflicted with dyslexia.