HOW TO UNDERSTAND MORE ABOUT DYSLEXIA 🔎
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- •Know about strengths associated with dyslexiaPeople with dyslexia are more likely to be better at understanding big-picture information, and are often skilled problem-solvers. They may have an instinctive grasp of the way things work. *They may have better visual-spatial skills. *Dyslexic adults may have greater creativity, curiosity, and an aptitude for “out-of-the-box” thinking. *If a project captures his interest, the dyslexic person may demonstrate a greater ability to focus on the work than a typical person.
- •Know about differences in information processingThe primary disability in dyslexic adults is a difference in the way the brain processes information. The most obvious way is the difficulty dyslexic people have in interpreting written language. Because most people learn to read as children, dyslexia is often diagnosed in childhood.
- •Realize that stress makes dyslexic deficits more pronounced
- •Find out about memory differencesShort-term memory is often a weakness for dyslexic people, and they may have a hard time remembering facts, events, plans, etc. Working memory, or the mental ability to hold several pieces of information simultaneously, i.e. taking notes as you listen to a lecture, may be impaired.
- •Learn about communication disabilitiesSomeone with dyslexia might have word-retrieval problems, or an inability to figure out how to put his thoughts into words. Misunderstandings of verbal information is common, and communication can be challenging without appropriate understanding.
- •Know about literacy differencesLearning to read is usually difficult for a dyslexic person, and even in adulthood the person may remain functionally illiterate, despite no intellectual deficits. When the person can read, she might have persistent spelling difficulties.
- •Be aware of sensory differencesMany dyslexic people also experience heightened sensory sensitivity to environmental noise and visual stimulation. They may not be able to screen out unnecessary information, or prioritize relevant visual information.
- •Understand visual stress in dyslexiaSome people with dyslexia experience a condition called “visual stress” when reading. When a person is experiencing visual stress, printed text may appear distorted, and letters within words can seem blurred. Text might seem to be moving on the page.
- •Learn about adapting settings, adapting printed materials, and how to best make use of technology to Help Dyslexic Adults here: http://www.wikihow.com/Help-a-Dyslexic-Adult