Learning difficulties that dyslexia brings about does raise some concern about it. There are however some positive aspects to dyslexia. It turns out dyslexics are great at engineering, architecture, and other creative ventures. They may even be good at acting or managing other people. They are excellent when it comes to people-oriented jobs.
Dyslexics, when given appropriate help, should have no problem gaining university degrees or achieving other scholarly goals.
The Causes of Dyslexia
The causes are thought to be phonological awareness issues and phonological processing problems. Doctors refer to this as a single-core deficit. Others speak of other reasons as being an inability to process visual data in a timely fashion. These are also orthographic factors which can exist singly or can exist together in various deficit circumstances.
As research on dyslexia continues, many people agree that it is mostly caused by developmental syndromes. It does have a neurological basis and it also has a strong genetic predisposition. It does however respond to structured interventions.
Is it necessary to get help for someone who is a dyslexic?
While dyslexics do possess a certain degree of intelligence and motivation, they cannot succeed as their peers doing school without the right support and the right help. When the condition is diagnosed early enough, however, they can learn to learn with the support of a special teacher. That teacher should be success oriented, systematic and structured. Dyslexics will always require a good deal of encouragement and support.
Dyslexia when used by parents and other family members is the preferred term for the condition. These family members do not accept that their loved one is disabled in any real sense of the word. They simply learn in different ways which aren’t covered ordinarily in regular school settings.
A lot of people think that dyslexia is a problem in the juxtaposition of letters and words. But the condition is much more complex than just mixing up letters in words and having difficulty reading those words.
The condition is not something that can be used interchangeably with specific reading difficulties or reading disabilities. It is not any reading retardation. It is sometimes referred to as a specific learning disabilities. This is also referred to as SPLD and includes other conditions.
Dyslexia does not affect a person’s intelligence. But the symptoms often hide the person’s information, especially while they are learning to read write and spell. In some nations, dyslexia is a generic term that describes students who have problems writing reading spelling and more. Problems with numbers can also be referred to as dyscalculia.
The Incidents of Dyslexia and Its Emotional Impact
Dyslexia occurs throughout the world and is not limited by culture or language. Nearly eight percent of the population that has this condition has inhibited learning. Anywhere from 2 to 4 percent will be severely impacted by the condition.
No one in the world can go through years of school failure without experiencing emotional problems. The lack of confidence this condition can bring upon a student is tremendous. In fact, students can sometimes have serious emotional consequences if they cannot develop adequate skills.
Emotional damage can be done when poor schooling is attributed to laziness or plain inattention. Most dyslexics are none of those things. They are sincere students that are struggling to do as their teachers ask them to while learning their lessons. Sometimes parents have problems explaining the learning difficulty. It can also make things worse for the student. Emotional problems can also result from peer group ridicule.
Another psychological problem is that dyslexics are so used to being wrong that they often are afraid to take risks. They lose any belief in themselves or their abilities. They tend to underestimate their knowledge and skills. They assume they will always have difficulty in reading, writing, and spelling. However, there is hope for anyone with dyslexia.