There are different levels of dyslexia and no two people will have the same symptoms. We take in information through our five senses, which are also called the receptive language skills.
The problem with dyslexia lies not in the organs itself but in the processing of the information. The problem is in coordinating the information which comes in through all the senses.
The classic symptoms of dyslexia include trouble reading or spelling, poor concentration, difficulty processing word-sounds and poor short-term verbal memory.
For sufferers, or parents of sufferers, the real issue is not whether the condition exists, but what can be done to help.
Currently, it is a lifelong condition with no cure. One of the problems of dyslexia is that while a struggling parent and child may greet a ‘diagnosis’ with relief, dyslexia is a ‘description not an explanation’.
A label may be comforting, but it merely describes a group of symptoms whose cause is not known and which ‘overlaps’ into other conditions, such as dyspraxia, ADHD and language disorders. This makes each case unique, and a symptom-based approach the only way forward.
In some cases, after a while, it may seem that children with dyslexia have cured their problem and can read, especially if it is the same chapter, but this could be due to memorizing. When they copy a passage or paragraph, they will not put in punctuation marks.
Dyslexics may have very good mathematical skills unless it is a mathematical problem with words involved.
Some dyslexics will also have difficulty in differentiating between the right and left, as in tying shoe-laces. And they may have problems telling time.
Which are the Symptoms of Dyslexia?
Symptoms vary in breadth and severity from one individual to another but may include the following features:
Reading and spelling difficulty;
Confusing letters and words, such as: b and d, p and q, m and w, saw and was, pat and tap.
Skipping words or adding words that aren’t there, losing one’s place when reading, having difficulty keeping one’s eyes on the right spot, as if the words and letters are jumping around on the page.
Messy handwriting, inconsistent spelling (spelling the same word several different ways in one piece of writing),
Difficulty copying accurately from the board,
Confounding the left with the right,
Difficulty understanding and following instructions, particularly if there are multiple steps.
Summarizing difficulty or retelling a story in the correct sequence.
Difficulty recalling what one has just read or just heard.
Restlessness, fidgeting and switching off when things get too hard;
Concentration and memorizing difficulty