Behavioral problems in dyslexia and how to approach it?

Last Updated on July 15, 2022 by Editorial Team


Have you witnessed a Dyslexic individual’s behavior? If yes, you must be aware that they have a hard time making valuable relationships. Mainly the problem is associated with the neural activity of the brain disorder. In this post, we shall analyze the behavior of dyslexic children and adults in detail:

Role of behavior in a child’s life

Behavior is a reflection of one’s personality, i.e., what comes out as a reaction to an activity or situation. World studies on behavior and its roles suggest some key points that must be kept in mind:

  • Bonding with society: A child’s behavior, be it pleasant or irritating, will decide his bonding with peers and society in general. A happy child with playful activities is an attribute of attraction to near and dear ones. But a frowny and irritating child is just a difficult one to handle even by parents.
  • Social attention: Kids do a lot of stuff to grab the social attention of everyone around them. They do different things that
  • Tangible gains: Sometimes, kids do certain activities to obtain certain benefits like toys, candies in some situations, which is just unpredictable.
  • Escape: Kids’ mind is the world of naughty playfulness, which they transform as the situation changes as if they want to escape study, they behave differently.

Behavioral traits of kids and adults with Dyslexia:

There are numerous behavioral symptoms of Dyslexia in both kids and adults. These symptoms are observed in the case of adults if not treated properly. According to the national council for reading education  and research, Norway research was conducted for participants with Dyslexia, and different criteria were set up, and the following symptoms were involved:

Dyslexia made a significant impact on patients during public gatherings as they lacked self-confidence and were shy to express their ideas in public events. Also, children hesitated to read in class activities due to difficulty decoding activities:

1. Low self-esteem has been encountered in adults with Dyslexia due to their poor performance in necessary skills like report writing and problems due to poor handwriting. Also, Dyslexia has been associated with a reduced ability to perform well in mathematics and related complicated skills.

2.   Also, according to a study, dyslexic adults and children are subject to verbal and physical abuse by peers due to their weakness and bullied, leading to depression and anxiety. It ultimately affects their possibility to excel in future and job opportunities.

3.  Sometimes individuals with Dyslexia develop defensive and secretive behavior, to avoid ridicule, which leads to aggressive behavior. It leads to a negative self-image and also in society.

4.  A famous book on Dyslexia has shown that these individuals are afraid to take risks as they think they cannot succeed and have more fear of failure than people without Dyslexia.

5. Dyslexic patients usually underestimate their skills and knowledge, i.e., they cannot believe in their abilities and efforts. It is all due to the societal pressure of mental and lingual retardedness.

Strategies to overcome behavioral problems related with dyslexia

Dyslexia can be managed with a wide range of therapies and treatments. No medication has been successful in treating Dyslexia.

Firstly, teachers should be trained to screen and observe such inabilities at the early stages. Society should also show a cheerful approach to help dyslexic patients to talk and express opinions freely without hesitation.

Special attention should be given to such children having Dyslexia by helping them. Make a considerable effort to knowing pupils well by talking with them, observing them, discussing them with parents and colleagues, and trying to seek out some of the reasons for their behavior. It may lead to counseling.

      Metacognitive behavior modification strategies can help pupils take some control over their behavior. The FAST approach is an aid to personal problem-solving. It involves the four steps: Freeze & think, Alternatives, Solution, and Try it. The SLAM strategy is to help pupils accept and assimilate negative feedback and remarks by others. The letters stand for the actions: Stop what you’re doing, Look the person in the eye, Ask the person to explain what he or she means and Make an appropriate response to the person

    Use Positive Intervention: This intervening process consists of an intentional act or series of actions that promote the level of well-being and positive beahvior.

Provide Opportunities:

Children with Dyslexia should be given more opportunities to speak up their thoughts and get out of their linguistic barriers. For adults, specific self-therapeutic techniques can help:

  • They should read in a quiet place with no distractions to thoroughly listen to what is the actual sound and no hesitation due to humiliation.
  • Listen to books on CD or computer, and read along with the recording, these help in focusing on phonetics and try to speak up in that way.
  • They should break up reading and other tasks into small pieces that are more manageable and look possible in actual in daily life.
  • They should join a support group for kids or adults with Dyslexia to help group learning with the same thought of people around having no fear of shame or being getting bullied.


Dyslexia can only be managed if society helps patients to get out of their barriers of hesitation and low self-esteem by helping them to speak up by giving them some extra time, rather than hustling up and ignoring their thoughts. Also, children should be helped to cope up with this situation by providing aid in early ages. Parents should not ignore any such signs of reading and learning disability and seek proper help well in time rather than fearing about societal thoughts. We all need to get together and encourage patients with Dyslexia to stop thinking about hesitation and shame. This will boost their self-confidence in the first place, and other therapies will do wonders itself.

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