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Understanding Dyslexia and Evaluating For It

Having learning disabilities can be very difficult to deal with but every person deserves to live their lives as normally as they could. When it comes to dealing with these learning disabilities, early detection is key.


Among the common learning disabilities that a person might have is dyslexia. It’s a rather common condition that’s quite manageable if caught early. As a guide for parents who might be confused about the condition, let’s discuss its nature.


Defining Dyslexia


Dyslexia, by definition, is a type of learning disability that hinders a person from being able to read articulately and correctly. At times, they also have some difficulty in spelling and writing words or comprehending them well. While having this condition should be attended to with serious concern, there are definitely ways to take steps to address it and help those who have it still become successful in life.


Dyslexia is known to be a lifelong journey. Which is why early detection is very important. Today, this condition still remains to be one of the most common of learning disorders all over the world, and it’s commonly detected during a person’s early stages of development. Some say it’s about five to 10 percent of children have it but other experts say it’s at about 17 percent due to the condition’s varied definitions.


Knowing the signs


Finding out if a child has this condition is done through critical observation. Which is why parents should pay attention to their kids especially when dealing with learning activities during their early developmental stages. It’s also important to stress out that while this affects your child’s learning ability, it does not directly impact their intelligence.


If you have observed that your child finds it hard to read words correctly at school compared to other kids, it may be time for you to reach out to experts and have your child go through a professional evaluation to see if they really have this condition. Keep in mind that if this disability progresses, it may affect their other learning skill like spelling out words and reading comprehension and sometimes co-occur with other conditions like ADHD, APD, and the like.


What are its Possible Causes?


It’s still quite unclear for experts to pinpoint a concrete cause why this condition occurs to some people. Oftentimes, they conclude that while this is the case, one’s brain activity and anatomy, as well as genetics, play a huge role as to why it happens.


In many cases, this learning disability runs commonly in families. Scientists pointed out significant links from one’s genes to certain issues of processing language and reading. Experts also pointed out differences among those who have the conditions and those who don’t. These are in the brain’s area responsible for one’s reading skills as well as how things are represented in words like sounds and how words look like.


Where to get Help?


Finally, it’s important to know who to seek help when evaluating one’s learning ability such as having dyslexia. For this specific condition, parents could reach out to clinical psychologists, school psychologists, and pediatric neuro-psychologists. These experts will run professional assessments to the child and base their interventions from their evaluations.


From there, these individuals will get the help they need and with diligent intervention and therapy, you will be able to see significant improvements in the future.


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