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DislexiaRS jpgHas your child recently been diagnosed with a learning disability? Did you immediately begin to worry about how he or she will cope with school? 

 

Dyslexia was discovered more than 100 years ago. But many people don’t understand it. In 1887, a German ophthalmologist, Rudolf Berlin, was the first to use the word 'dyslexia'. The condition was described as 'dyslexia', from the Greek meaning 'difficulty with words'.

 

80 - 90% of all children with learning disabilities have reading problems (Dyslexia). Children with severe reading disabilities have trouble reading single words, deficits matching sounds with letters (phonological awareness), and difficulty quickly naming what they see (rapid naming speed).

 

Children who have trouble reading quickly and accurately may also have difficulty comprehending what they read. Most students with learning disabilities have trouble with spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and punctuation. Some students have a specific disability with written language. These students exhibit difficulty in planning and organizing their ideas, and they often write what immediately comes to mind. 

 

Calculation and number reasoning can be difficult across the grades for most children with learning difficulties. They often have trouble retrieving math facts and solving word problems. Sometimes they have difficulty conceptually understanding what numbers represent. Dyslexia affects memory and motor function also. Learning Disability afflicts 10% of school going children.

 

Should one consider dyslexia to be a threat to the growth of a child? Obviously not. Is this the end of their lives? Absolutely not. Studies have proved that dyslexics turn to be advantageous in many areas of their life and it allows them to progress upwardly in many fields including science and math. Statistics shows that 40 percent of self-made millionaires were found with dyslexia. 

 

People with Dyslexia are in fact creative and visual thinkers. They are good at problem solving in activities which needs abstract thinking. The role of the parents here is to be facilitators, as to identify the hidden strengths of the children and enable them to overcome the challenges that lie ahead of them. 

 

Dyslexics are alternately gifted, enrich them with skills, assist, guide and help them to manage their difficulties. This will enable the child to attain his/her maximum potential and independence in functioning. 

 

Remember “Rise above the storm and you will find the sunshine”. Mario Fernandez

 

sneha jpgSneha Santhosh

Psychologist

MA - Psychology

MPhil - Learning Disabilities

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