Updated: Mar 17, 2019
Have you ever wondered WHAT IS dyslexia?
It’s confusing because dyslexia symptoms can show up in different ways unique to an individual.
For some, mixing up the numbers when dialing the phone can be embarrassing, filling in bubbles on the correct line during a standardized test is challenging, and following numerous instructions can be difficult.
Others get headaches while reading when the words and letters change positions on the page. Some dyslexics have reported that the words remain still but are unable to blend the individual sounds to accurately read the words.
When you hear the word or diagnosis of dyslexia it sounds bad, like a really bad thing to have.
Well quite the contrary! Read on...
Making Sense of Dyslexia
Let’s start out with the technical definition of dyslexia.
Dyslexia (n) a learning difficulty primarily associated with problems with written language such as reading, writing, spelling, and in some cases, working with numbers, stemming from naturally occurring variations in brain structure and function.
Whoa! That’s a lot of information to unpack, especially the part about ‘naturally occurring variations in the brain structure and function’.
You may be thinking, “If my child’s brain is wired in this way there’s no hope for them, right?” WRONG!
All it means is that they think in a different way than others. They take in information in a different way. They process information in a different way.
You could say that your child has a totally different perspective, a way of thinking that is actually ‘unique’.
Children with dyslexia are able to think differently seeing the whole picture before breaking it down into its parts.
What gets in the way is our traditional educational system. It wasn’t developed to teach material in a way that is easy for someone with dyslexia to process.