Dyslexia Myths and Facts

tomarnidhi

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Dyslexia is a neurological learning disorder where a person suffers from difficulty related to reading and parsing linguistic information. Statistics show that this is a widespread disorder with over 40 million Americans suffering from it. Intelligent personalities like Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, Walt Disney, Benjamin Franklin etc. have been dyslexic too and yet more often this disorder has been associated with less than average intelligence. There are many such myths surrounding this disorder. Here are some of the most common ones.


#Myth: People with dyslexia aren't as smart as other
Dyslexia and intelligence is not connected in any way. Dyslexics struggle with the process of reading and not learning or acquiring information. They can be just as intelligent and talented as any other person.


#Myth: Any child who struggles with reading is dyslexic

Dyslexia is mainly characterised with difficulty related to reading but that is not the only indication. They also face problems with spelling, speech and memorization. When a child is dyslexic, he/she will also show other warning signs apart from reading disabilities.


#Myth: Dyslexics sees words backwards
Dyslexia is not a problem of the eyes so it’s not true that they see words backwards. They have problem decoding and recognising words and end up reversing words in that confusion.


#Myths: More boys than girls have dyslexia
It is true that reading disabilities in boys are identified more often than girls but the reason for this is not dyslexia. Studies suggest that boys show signs of disinterest in the initial grades of school and hence get picked up for dyslexic like behaviour. Dyslexia is prevalent in both the sexes equally.


#Myth: Dyslexia can be outgrown over time
Dyslexia is a lifelong disorder and chances are that the affected person will continue to face problems while reading but there are also many cases where dyslexics have accomplished reading skills over the years.
 
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