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What is dyslexia?
Dyslexia has been around for a long time and has been defined in different
ways. For example, in 1968, the World Federation of Neurologists defined
dyslexia as "a disorder in children who, despite conventional classroom
experience, fail to attain the language skills of reading, writing, and spelling
commensurate with their intellectual abilities.
What are the different types of
There are several types of dyslexia that can affect the child's ability to spell
as well as read.
1. Trauma dyslexia usually occurs after some form of brain
trauma or injury to the area of the brain that controls reading and
writing. It is rarely seen in today's school-age population.
2. Primary dyslexia. This type of dyslexia is a dysfunction of,
rather than damage to, the left side of the brain (cerebral cortex) and
does not change with age. Individuals with this type are rarely able to
read above a fourth-grade level and may struggle with reading,
spelling, and writing as adults. Primary dyslexia is passed in family
lines through their genes (hereditary). It is found more often in boys
than in girls.
3. Secondary developmental dyslexia is felt to be caused by
hormonal development during the early stages of fetal development.
Developmental dyslexia diminishes as the child matures. It is also
more common in boys.
4. Visual dyslexia is characterized by number and letter reversals
and the inability to write symbols in the correct sequence. Auditory
dyslexia involves difficulty with sounds of letters or groups of letters.
The sounds are perceived as jumbled or not heard correctly.
5. Dysgraphia refers to the child's difficulty holding and controlling
a pencil so that the correct markings can be made on the paper.
Being dyslexic doesn’t mean that a person can’t read, nor does it mean that
their intelligence is impaired, but it can make learning very challenging,
depending on the degree of the problem. Unless these challenges are
addressed it is very likely that people will avoid anything to do with reading,
writing and spelling, joining in and socializing.