What is dyslexia?

I have dyslexia and so does my child has it is genetic. Understanding what it dyslexia means helps to find ways/methods to deal with it. At its most basic explanation, dyslexia is a language-based learning disability.

Dyslexia refers to a cluster of symptoms, which result in people having difficulties with specific language skills, particularly reading and writing. Students with dyslexia usually experience difficulties with other language skills such as spelling, writing, and pronouncing words. I love to read. I always loved to read. Ask me to read out loud and I’ll suddenly sound like a 1st grader stumbling over words and pronunciations.

adult-1868015_1920Dyslexia affects individuals throughout their lives; however, its impact can change at different stages in a person’s life. My dyslexia gets worst when I’m stressed. I have written emails to my boss, to get a reply from him asking me to take a 10-minute break and try again. Coming back to my desk with a clearer mind, I suddenly see that no human being can read the email I sent without a decryption key.

It is referred to as a learning disability because dyslexia can make it very difficult for a student to succeed academically in the typical instructional environment.  It can be very frustrating for students especially when their teachers don’t understand or recognise the symptoms of dyslexia. Even with a diagnosis, it is still a struggle. I have had many meetings with my child’s teachers trying to make them understand what dyslexia is and the tools to help make learning easier. Most typical instructional environments are simply not equipped to deal with learning disabilities.

Dyslexia, in its more severe forms, will qualify a student for special education, special accommodations, or extra support services. My stepchild is in such a school which helps him greatly. The road to getting him transferred to such a school was difficult.


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