ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Dyslexia is a learning disorder that affects areas of the brain that process language. It has no effect on intelligence, so children with dyslexia can grow up to be very successful… just like Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, John Lennon, and Whoopi Goldberg. But undiagnosed dyslexia can lead kids to feel that they are less intelligent than their peers. Recognizing symptoms and getting help early can make a world of difference.
Jacquelyn Brown was diagnosed with dyslexia at age seven.
“For every person, dyslexia is a little bit different, for me it’s very specific to language-based learning disability,” explained Jacquelyn Brown, Ph.D., Department of Psychiatry, Vanderbilt University.
Dyslexia often creates difficulty with spelling, writing, and reading.
Brown continued, “It looked like I was trying to read a foreign language, the letters just never made sense.”
The first symptoms of dyslexia are problems remembering letters, names, and colors, struggling with new words, and talking at a later age. School-age children might be unable to pronounce unfamiliar words, have difficulty telling two similar words apart, or try to avoid reading altogether.
So, what can parents do? Stay organized with checklists, color coding, and routines. Talk to your child’s teachers so they know they’re dyslexic. Use pictures when reading and writing to link words to images and remind them that dyslexia doesn’t have to limit them in life. Just ask Brown – who earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience with her dyslexia.
“It doesn’t just magically go away when you become an adult, you just learn better strategies to deal with it,” shared Brown.
Most dyslexic children will need some special education. Multisensory structured language education is what many experts consider the gold standard. It uses sight, sound, movement, and touch to help kids connect language to words.
Contributors to this news report include: Hayley Hudson, Field Producer; and Roque Correa, Editor.