Are you stupid? Why is it taking you so long? Why can’t you read properly? Oh, misspell again?
Can you relate yourself to these statements? Or do these statements remind you of someone? Your child? Any classmate?
Well, if yes then there is a high chance that you or the person you are reminded of have a condition called dyslexia because these are the ubiquitous things experienced by such people. Though most of the time, people do not understand why this is happening, and they relate it to the person being dumb or a slow learner.
- 1 What Is Dyslexia?
- 1.1 Below Par Learning Ability
- 1.2 Struggle With Reading
- 1.3 Confused Between Homophones
- 1.4 Struggle With Writing Things Down
- 1.5 Obvious Goes Unnoticed And Unnoticed Becomes Obvious
- 1.6 Take Time Understanding Things
- 1.7 Poor Sense Of Direction
- 1.8 Problems With Maths
- 1.9 Illegible Handwriting
- 1.10 Lack Of Confidence
What Is Dyslexia?
Dyslexia termed as a learning disorder where a person faces difficulty in reading, connecting letters to sounds, spellings, etc.
1 out of every 5 persons is dyslexic. It’s more like there is one dyslexic patient in every second family. Despite it being common, a high percentage of the population is unaware of this condition.
There are very some common signs which suggest that you have dyslexia. Even if two or three of them are present, there is a high probability that the condition is present. We’ll discuss them one by one so without further delay let’s get into them.
Below Par Learning Ability
A widespread symptom of dyslexia is that a dyslexic lags behinds his age fellows when it comes to learning. So such children often hear the terms like being dumb or inefficient and even lazy. Most of the times, they are labelled as slow learners.
Memorizing things, following instructions, and responding to spontaneous questions or situations is also tricky for them, and they seem to struggle. Ordinary people might think that you are doing work slowly because of laziness, but that’s not true; instead, this behaviour is due to the reason that your mind processes things a little differently than others.
Struggle With Reading
If you have dyslexia, you’ll notice that although you see words clearly and can read them in mind, they just don’t come outright. This also happens when speaking, you want to say something, everything is sorted out in your mind, but you can’t say it. So most of the time, you stay quiet, and it also affects your confidence.
The main reason behind this is that there is a mental translation going on in your mind while reading. Dyslexic patients tend to process words by visualizing things more like converting words to the image to get an understanding. And it takes a little more time than usual.
There is another essential factor of interest that affects how much time people with dyslexia take to process words. You’ll notice that if you like stories than reading novels is a lot easier than reading academic books as it is difficult to form a mental picture and associate it with words in case of dry subjects in school.
Confused Between Homophones
Words with similar pronunciations are often confused by people with dyslexia, so they interchange them while writing as well. An example can be using “right” for “write”. You get the idea, right?
Struggle With Writing Things Down
A common issue with dyslexics is having difficulty writing things down. You write a thing and forget what you were going to write next. Also, you have to reread and edit your writings 2 to 3 times to be sure if you have written what you have intended to. This causes frustration among patients, especially children, who can’t understand their condition to become anxious and frustrated easily.
Obvious Goes Unnoticed And Unnoticed Becomes Obvious
Dyslexics face situations where there are things that are obvious to everyone, but they can’t notice them. But the surprising thing is the fact that they notice things that often go unnoticed. So it’s a swap of places.
Take Time Understanding Things
During early age, such symptoms might limit being not able to understand what is written. Reading a whole page and at the end having no idea what was written, or not understand sentences that include idioms, etc. but in adulthood, these things become more serious.
It becomes a nightmare when, in addition to these, you struggle at work as well. You are at a new job, and you are taking so much time understanding your work, and you ask again and again. The learning is slow to the level to make other people frustrated. So people who haven’t learned to cope with this condition often struggle to retain their jobs.
Poor Sense Of Direction
If you have dyslexia, you confuse “left” for “right” and vice versa. Getting lost in places is also a common sign.
This also happens while reading things like reading “Bus” as “sub”, “73” as “37”. It’s more like flipping words.
Problems With Maths
Most of the time dyslexics struggle with maths is because of the already mentioned poor sense of direction. Other factors also include, but because they misplace numbers, it results in failure.
Another condition with such people is that sometimes they write and it’s just illegible, not always. People also report not being able to write in cursive script and lose focus if they try to.
Lack Of Confidence
Because you lag behind your fellows and you hear being called dumb and things, you start losing confidence in yourself.
So these are some common signs to visualize dyslexia better and if you feel like you or someone you know might have this condition know that you are not abnormal, you are not retarded despite what people say because dyslexics have proven to be far more intelligent than other so-called ordinary people. It’s just that your mind works a little differently, take a little different route to approach things. There are different exercises and programs to train your mind as it is. Once you know how your mind works it, all becomes easy. Get yourself tested, and it’s better as early an age as possible. It will save you from all that anxiety and frustration.