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Dyslexia!

Posted by on Oct. 29, 2013 at 9:32 PM
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I think I'm about due for a dyslexia awareness post so here it is. Dyslexia is not just about seeing letters backwards or moving text around. It affects how we see things, judge distance, how we behave. Here is a great article I found a few weeks ago that I wanted to share. If you see yourself or your child in these descriptions, you may want to look in to Dyslexia and speak with a doctor.

LINK

General

  • Appears bright, highly intelligent, and articulate but unable to read, write, or spell at grade level.
  • Labelled lazy, dumb, careless, immature, "not trying hard enough," or "behavior problem."
  • Isn't "behind enough" or "bad enough" to be helped in the school setting.
  • High in IQ, yet may not test well academically; tests well orally, but not written.
  • Feels dumb; has poor self-esteem; hides or covers up weaknesses with ingenious compensatory strategies; easily frustrated and emotional about school reading or testing.
  • Talented in art, drama, music, sports, mechanics, story-telling, sales, business, designing, building, or engineering.
  • Seems to "Zone out" or daydream often; gets lost easily or loses track of time.
  • Difficulty sustaining attention; seems "hyper" or "daydreamer."
  • Learns best through hands-on experience, demonstrations, experimentation, observation, and visual aids.

Vision, Reading, and Spelling

  • Complains of dizziness, headaches or stomach aches while reading.
  • Confused by letters, numbers, words, sequences, or verbal explanations.
  • Reading or writing shows repetitions, additions, transpositions, omissions, substitutions, and reversals in letters, numbers and/or words.
  • Complains of feeling or seeing non-existent movement while reading, writing, or copying.
  • Seems to have difficulty with vision, yet eye exams don't reveal a problem.
  • Extremely keen sighted and observant, or lacks depth perception and peripheral vision.
  • Reads and rereads with little comprehension.
  • Spells phonetically and inconsistently.

Hearing and Speech

  • Has extended hearing; hears things not said or apparent to others; easily distracted by sounds.
  • Difficulty putting thoughts into words; speaks in halting phrases; leaves sentences incomplete; stutters under stress; mispronounces long words, or transposes phrases, words, and syllables when speaking.

Writing and Motor Skills

  • Trouble with writing or copying; pencil grip is unusual; handwriting varies or is illegible.
  • Clumsy, uncoordinated, poor at ball or team sports; difficulties with fine and/or gross motor skills and tasks; prone to motion-sickness.
  • Can be ambidextrous, and often confuses left/right, over/under.

Dyslexic children and adults can become avid and enthusiastic readers when given learning tools that fit their creative learning style.

Math and Time Management

  • Has difficulty telling time, managing time, learning sequenced information or tasks, or being on time.
  • Computing math shows dependence on finger counting and other tricks; knows answers, but can't do it on paper.
  • Can count, but has difficulty counting objects and dealing with money.
  • Can do arithmetic, but fails word problems; cannot grasp algebra or higher math.

Memory and Cognition

  • Excellent long-term memory for experiences, locations, and faces.
  • Poor memory for sequences, facts and information that has not been experienced.
  • Thinks primarily with images and feeling, not sounds or words (little internal dialogue).

Behavior, Health, Development and Personality

  • Extremely disorderly or compulsively orderly.
  • Can be class clown, trouble-maker, or too quiet.
  • Had unusually early or late developmental stages (talking, crawling, walking, tying shoes).
  • Prone to ear infections; sensitive to foods, additives, and chemical products.
  • Can be an extra deep or light sleeper; bedwetting beyond appropriate age.
  • Unusually high or low tolerance for pain.
  • Strong sense of justice; emotionally sensitive; strives for perfection.
  • Mistakes and symptoms increase dramatically with confusion, time pressure, emotional stress, or poor health.


Read more: http://www.dyslexia.com/library/symptoms.htm#ixzz2jAHCM8nT
by on Oct. 29, 2013 at 9:32 PM
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Raeann11
by Ruby Member on Oct. 29, 2013 at 9:38 PM
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I have Dyslexia and my mother never understood me. She also never really read up on it. She always thought it was just writing backwards or in a different order or mixing numbers around. I struggled in school and still do with writing. I hate when I have to write something.

I am very smart and do great when I have it read to me . I just can't do them alone. Then I will get a bad grade and looks like I never study. Were I could study all night and know it left and right but take a test alone and I fail.

I need to get my oldest tested. We are going to see her Dr in Nov about this and a few other things.

There is so much more that goes into it them a lot even know.

Heisenberg
by on Oct. 29, 2013 at 9:40 PM

I feel for you. I wasn't diagnosed until I was 17 and I dropped out of HS soon after. School was a nightmare for me and m parents just thought I was lazy. It is hereditary but if your son does have it then getting him an IEP will allow him so much more help then you or I got. Good luck. :)

Quoting Raeann11:

I have Dyslexia and my mother never understood me. She also never really read up on it. She always thought it was just writing backwards or in a different order or mixing numbers around. I struggled in school and still do with writing. I hate when I have to write something.

I am very smart and do great when I have it read to me . I just can't do them alone. Then I will get a bad grade and looks like I never study. Were I could study all night and know it left and right but take a test alone and I fail.

I need to get my oldest tested. We are going to see her Dr in Nov about this and a few other things.

There is so much more that goes into it them a lot even know.


Heisenberg
by on Oct. 29, 2013 at 9:41 PM

BUMP

KyliesMom5
by Platinum Member on Oct. 29, 2013 at 9:42 PM
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I am dyslexic and so are many in my family. I thought for sure my daughter would have it because her Daddy has it too but she doesn't
Raeann11
by Ruby Member on Oct. 29, 2013 at 9:43 PM

She already has an IEP. Since she has speech delay and still has issues with speech. At our last meeting in Oct. We talked about it and thought it would be good for her to be tested by a specialist. Then she can get a more help that is needed then if they just tested her.

Quoting Heisenberg:

I feel for you. I wasn't diagnosed until I was 17 and I dropped out of HS soon after. School was a nightmare for me and m parents just thought I was lazy. It is hereditary but if your son does have it then getting him an IEP will allow him so much more help then you or I got. Good luck. :)

Quoting Raeann11:

I have Dyslexia and my mother never understood me. She also never really read up on it. She always thought it was just writing backwards or in a different order or mixing numbers around. I struggled in school and still do with writing. I hate when I have to write something.

I am very smart and do great when I have it read to me . I just can't do them alone. Then I will get a bad grade and looks like I never study. Were I could study all night and know it left and right but take a test alone and I fail.

I need to get my oldest tested. We are going to see her Dr in Nov about this and a few other things.

There is so much more that goes into it them a lot even know.



Heisenberg
by on Oct. 29, 2013 at 9:43 PM

She dodged a bullet on that one

Quoting KyliesMom5:

I am dyslexic and so are many in my family. I thought for sure my daughter would have it because her Daddy has it too but she doesn't


lalaballet
by Platinum Member on Oct. 29, 2013 at 9:44 PM
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I have add and didn't read until the third grade. I don't have straight out dyslexia but will look at for example and confirm five times and end up having two numbers reversed in order. Most of that describes me and I even got distracted with a sound and then other thoughts half way through reading that. Hmm.
Heisenberg
by on Oct. 29, 2013 at 9:44 PM

I don't know why I thought we were talking about a boy. Sorry about that. It's certainly possible that the speech delay is do to dyslexia. I hope whatever is going on gets identified for her so she can get the full benefit of her EIP. :)

Quoting Raeann11:

She already has an IEP. Since she has speech delay and still has issues with speech. At our last meeting in Oct. We talked about it and thought it would be good for her to be tested by a specialist. Then she can get a more help that is needed then if they just tested her.

Quoting Heisenberg:

I feel for you. I wasn't diagnosed until I was 17 and I dropped out of HS soon after. School was a nightmare for me and m parents just thought I was lazy. It is hereditary but if your son does have it then getting him an IEP will allow him so much more help then you or I got. Good luck. :)

Quoting Raeann11:

I have Dyslexia and my mother never understood me. She also never really read up on it. She always thought it was just writing backwards or in a different order or mixing numbers around. I struggled in school and still do with writing. I hate when I have to write something.

I am very smart and do great when I have it read to me . I just can't do them alone. Then I will get a bad grade and looks like I never study. Were I could study all night and know it left and right but take a test alone and I fail.

I need to get my oldest tested. We are going to see her Dr in Nov about this and a few other things.

There is so much more that goes into it them a lot even know.




MrsApple
by Gold Member on Oct. 29, 2013 at 9:45 PM
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I wasn't diagnosed until high school age.I was a very good student,just had trouble in testing and math.My parents and teachers often thought I was just lazy.School was HARD!Speech was a huge issue for me and still is an issue for me.

Heisenberg
by on Oct. 29, 2013 at 9:47 PM

I believe that you can only have dyslexia if a parent also has it, but I could be misinformed on that. I know you can also get it from brain damage. Do either of your parents have these issues? My mother is Dyslexic but when undiagnosed because she was also an immigrant and they thought her issues were due to language barriers.

Quoting lalaballet:

I have add and didn't read until the third grade. I don't have straight out dyslexia but will look at for example and confirm five times and end up having two numbers reversed in order. Most of that describes me and I even got distracted with a sound and then other thoughts half way through reading that. Hmm.


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