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What is Dyslexia?


 "At the root of dyslexia is a natural ability, a talent.  It is something special that enhances that individual."        Ronald D. Davis

What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is not a disease, and is not the result of a brain injury or defect. It is not the result of a genetic flaw or nerve damage.  In fact, most dyslexics have higher than average intelligence.  It is not about being 'smart' or not.  Dyslexia is a different way of thinking that can cause difficulties in the traditional school setting.  Inherent in dyslexia are also many gifts.  People who develop dyslexia think in pictures, rather than words; they are imaginative and creative; and they try to solve problems by looking at the whole picture, rather than working step-by-step.  Dyslexics are highly perceptive, sensitive, intuitive, spatially aware and excel in hands-on-learning.

Dyslexia is a product of thought and a special, unique way of reacting to confusion. Dyslexic people think primarily in pictures, not words, and have difficulty learning to work with symbols such as letters or numerals. When they are confused or frustrated as children, they begin to experience distorted perceptions, such as reversals and transpositions of letters.  Without assessment and treatment, this develops into life-long learning blocks and compulsive solutions that hinder their progress and that will break-down at some point.  Dyslexia can affect many more areas than just reversing letters and having difficulty reading.  It can affect the senses of sight, hearing, balance and movement and the sense of time.  Dyslexia manifests itself differently in each person.  No two dyslexics will have exactly the same symptoms.   Click here to view the 'Common Traits' of dyslexia.                                         

The problems that prevent learning can be corrected. That is, dyslexic children and adults can learn to recognize and to control the mental state that results in distorted perceptions, thus eliminating this problem. They can also learn new and more effective approaches to reading, writing, spelling, or math calculation, and thus overcome problems at school or work.  When dyslexic students recognize their mental talents, they develop a renewed sense of self-esteem and confidence. When they start to employ study methods which capitalize on their talents, progress is very rapid.


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