Understanding Dyslexia

The most common learning disorder

Recognizing Dyslexia

Dyslexia affects 80% of those who are known to have a learning disability. It is characterized by a lack of phonological awareness, or a difficulty in grasping the relationship between the spelling of a word and its pronunciation.

The primary challenges of someone with dyslexia include the following:

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Often, difficulties in reading and writing are easier to recognize in children who have already started school, but there are other signs you can look for in individuals of any age.

Dyslexics may also display emotional or behavioural problems out of frustration. These are critical to watch for, as they are likely to worsen if left untreated.

There can be many reasons why a child faces challenges in any of these areas, but in any case, an examination of poor school performance or exhibition of these behaviours should consider the possibility that the student may be dyslexic.


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