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True to its Greek roots—dys and lex—the learning problem called dyslexia denotes trouble with words. As far as I know, no two people with dyslexia have the exact same experience. Each is unique, which may explain why it has taken education so long to grapple with the problem. Below is a brief list of the difficulties that may get in the way of normal, happy learning.

  1. Inability to distinguish among the “small” words like the, an, with, was, saw, then, than, et cetera

  2. Troubles with spelling, especially longer words, or words used rarely.

  3. Difficulty reading out loud.

  4. Trouble in ranking or organizing material or tasks. Prioritizing is apt to be a real challenge.

  5. Inattention/lack of awareness of time or space. It’s as though dyslexic folks are often in their own worlds.

  6. Lack of awareness of facial or verbal cues. (This is a tough one; e.g., dyslexic students may speak out at totally inappropriate times in class, as if they have no self-discipline, but I don’t think that’s it. (See #5)

These students may fail to cue in on powerful emotions on someone’s face or in tone of voice. And truthfully, this can be just the beginning, especially for someone with severe dyslexia. Yet thousands of famous people have achieved great heights. Dyslexia can be mastered.

ALWAYS consult learning specialists if you suspect that someone needs help learning. The sooner you know the actual problem, the sooner you can get targeted help. And then, the happier everyone will be. HAPPY IS GOOD, especially when it comes to education.


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