Separating Fact from Myth about Dyslexia

Dyslexia has a high occurrence in children. One in five school children will develop this problem but with proper diagnosis and intervention help can be given to children who are suffering from it.

Post by SEN Team | march 21th, 2013
Children with dyslexia can suffer from lifelong academic struggles. They can also experience low self esteem, they might think that they are a failure and this can lead them to rebel or be depressed.

Much has been researched about dyslexia. It is vital for educators to know the difference and the symptoms of this learning disability. This will help teachers in setting a process or format of teaching in order to help students get on with regular schooling. Certain types of dyslexia are more severe when compared to the others and children will have different needs according to the problem they are dealing with.

There are a lot of myths that are providing mistakes to parents and educators. Some forms of dyslexia could have been prevent beforehand if only parents and teachers know the early signs and intervention.

It is not true that children who suffer from it will no longer be able to learn, this is one of the greatest myths about this learning disorder. Children despite having this learning disability can still learn but only in a different way.

Another common myth about dyslexia is that children will see the letters and words backwards. The truth is that children will have a tendency to reverse the letters and words. The letter “N” and can be viewed as letter “U, the letter “B”, can be seen as “D”.

However, there is no ample proof that will state that a child will see the letters backwards as well as the words. Simply reversing the letters is not the key to solving the learning problem. A lot of people also believe that children who write letter backwards are already suffering from dyslexia.

This is simply not true. All children who are in the early stage of writing development can easily commit this mistake. It will not mean that they are already suffering from it, although writing letters backwards is a big indication that a child has it.

But to be sure, further tests have to be done. Others also seem to think that if children can read, they are not suffering from dyslexia. This is simply not true. There are some children who might just be suffering from minor dyslexia and can still be able to read. But if the symptoms worsen they might be able to lose this ability.

Teachers can help them out by providing context clues, pictures in the stories and other forms of decoding the words to make their learning easier.
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