WHAT IS DYSLEXIA?

Have you ever wondered, what a child feels when he/she sits in a classroom full of his friends and realizes he cannot do what others are capable of doing? It is tremendously unsetting for a learner, to say or express their inability but it may affect him or her in lot many ways that can be far more debilitating.

The signs differ in each individual and thus cannot be exact pointers. Every individual may show different signs. Films like “Taare Zameen Par” created awareness and portrayed to the world that children affected with Dyslexia observe the world in a different way. Children who, otherwise seem to be very zesty and bright, may withdraw into a shell when it comes to simple reading and writing tasks.

Characteristic features of dyslexia are difficulties in phonological awareness, verbal memory and verbal processing speed which affects literacy acquisition. This means that they can struggle with reading, writing or spelling, in varying degrees. Difficulties associated with dyslexia is therefore linked with each other.

The core problem involves reading into the sound of words. When children are young, they associate intelligence with reading, though it is just one of the many ways they accumulate information. When the reading is not proper, the processing of information contained in the text is also
hampered.

“Dyslexia has nothing to do with INTELLIGENCE or education. In fact, children with dyslexia are generally seen to be having average to above average intelligence”

Warning Signs of Dyslexia

  • Difficulty understanding single words (reading single words in isolation)
  • Slow in learning the connection between letters and sounds
  • May confuse small words – at/to, said/and, does/goes
  • Makes consistent reading and spelling errors
  • Letter reversals – d for b as in – dog for bog
  • Word reversals – tip for pit
  • Inversions – m and w, u and n
  • Transpositions – felt and left
  • Substitutions – house and home