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Have you ever wondered if you, your child, or a friend might be dyslexic? Dyslexia is a condition that is inherited, and ranges from mild to severe. A dyslexic person's brain does not function in the same way an average person's brain functions. The weakness is related to the processing of language. The word dyslexia comes from the Greek words dys (difficulty) and lexia (language).
Dyslexia is not simply a reading disorder. Dyslexics may also have difficulty with writing, spelling, pronunciation, and mathematics. On the other hand, many dyslexics have strong creative and artistic skills.
In some countries, children who have signs of dyslexia are tested around the age of 8-10. Teachers may notice that a student's letter reversals are not improving, or that a student's spelling and penmanship is extremely poor. These students may also have poor attention spans in some subjects. Students who are diagnosed with dyslexia, may receive extra help. For example, dyslexics may be allowed to listen to audiobooks, or record their teacher's voices.
In other countries, children are never tested. Some are placed in special classrooms with others students who have various learning difficulties or physical disabilities. Others are not allowed to go to school at all. They are never given the opportunity to prove that they can learn in a different way.
How are students with learning difficulties treated/taught in your country? Do you know someone with dyslexia? If you're a teacher, have you ever taught a student with dyslexia or another learning difficulty?
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dyslexic: a person who has dyslexia (noun); of or related to dyslexia (adjective)
dyslexia: a brain disorder that results in difficulties in language processing (noun)
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