- Dyslexia is not a visual problem–sufferers do NOT see words backwords. Their problem is that the printed word is meaningless. Their brains do not naturally connect letters with sounds. They have to work very hard to understand the "symbols" that make up written language. It’s kind of like an American trying to read Japanese.
- Dyslexics have trouble rhyming
- Dyslexics have trouble reading cursive
- They may slightly mis-pronounce words or say things like "whachamacallit" instead of using a specific word.
- They will mis-read words like a, an, the, it, and.
- Most dyslexics are identified around the age of nine
- Most dyslexics have average or above-average I.Q.
- Many dyslexics are high-energy
- Many are artistic
- They may also excel at data analysis or engine repair
- Dyslexia appears to be genetic–if you or your spouse is dyslexic, it is highly likely that one of your children will be as well (if you have more than two children, more than one may be dyslexic).
- If diagnosed early enough, studies show that the effects of dyslexia can be greatly reduced.
- The greatest outward sign of dyslexia is often horrendous, inexplicable spelling.
After hearing about my previous experience, people will sometimes tell me they’re dyslexic–usually this isn’t a surprise–it’s almost as if they have their own personality type.
Hope this was informative–I am in no way an authority on this, but people do have an interest in dyslexia and I thought I’d share what I know.