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Dyslexia

This term typically refers to a particular type of learning disability that prevents a person from reading precisely, which distorts the efficiency of absorbing information. It is believed that close to one-tenth of the population suffers from dyslexia.

The three primary types of this condition are auditory, visual and attention-related dyslexia and it is thought that certain forms can prevent the way in which a person communicates with others. People who are of adult age and suffer from this condition can still comprehend the same as a person without the condition, but it takes much longer to read the information. However, this does not factor into intelligence quotients.

Signs

Perhaps some of the first signs of this condition are slowed-speech and inability to write letters or words in the proper, chronological order. People with dyslexia are often easily distracted by ambient disturbances. Additionally, there are other obvious signs of possible dyslexia such as having difficulty synthesizing and summarizing patterns of information. Another unfortunate sign of dyslexia is having extreme difficulty learning a new language.

It is a fallacy that this condition always causes people to write in reciprocal patterns or engage in mirrored-speech. In fact, it is only a very small portion of people suffering from dyslexia who display this behavior. The most direct way to characterize this condition is the discrepancy in average intelligence and a person’s ability to read and process phonetics.

Causes

It is very difficult to locate and understand the exact causes of dyslexia. A number of researchers have been working on this condition for decades and many theories are still continuing to evolve. In fact, according to some experts most contemporary researchers believe that genetics play a vital role in the development of dyslexia.

In essence, if either or both parents of a child have dyslexia than there is a much stronger chance for the child to develop the same or a similar condition. It is likely that with more time and research there will be much more uncovered about the evolution of dyslexia.

Management

Unfortunately, there is no cure or ‘quick-fix’ for people who suffer from this condition. However, with the proper institutional support and encouragement people who suffer from dyslexia can achieve the same successes in life as people who do not suffer from this condition.

There exists a variety of modern technical equipment that can assist the education of someone who suffers from this condition.

In fact, a strategy as simple as reducing or removing stress-inducing environments can help people who suffer from dyslexia to focus. Lastly, it is absolutely vital to implement these special techniques while the speech portion of the brain is still developing to mitigate long-term impacts to the overall functionality of the brain.

Prognosis

As previously mentioned, there are no known drugs or medications to ingest to cure or combat the impact of dyslexia. Nonetheless, if another condition accompanies the dyslexia then it may be possible to take medication. Once again, the earlier this condition is detected the better the results will be in implementing alternative learning and development techniques.

The experts at the Mayo Clinic suggest that you seek a qualified reading and/or speech specialist to intervene in the development of your child. These experts also highly recommend reading out loud with your son or daughter to practice the communication aspects of absorbing and dispersing information.

 

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