What are your first reactions seeing the picture above? Certainly you will feel like throwing the book away at once, or you will rush to an ophthalmologist to check what has gone wrong with your eyes. Now, compound this effect on a daily basis each time the words or letters appear in front of you. What you can imagine is a brief introduction to the answer to the question what reading and writing may feel to a dyslexic person. Actually, difficulty of reading and writing is just one of the many Dyslexia Examples or types.
Dyslexia, as you all know, is a learning difficulty disorder. The brain is not able to make the shape of words and letters the way it should making it almost impossible for the dyslexic person to read or write like a normal person does.
If you come across a copy that shows the following signs, you are looking into the work which a dyslexic might have done:
- Mixing up sequence of letters
- Very poor handwriting
- Distorted words and numbers
- Different spellings for the same word
- Missing out the letter
- Adding extra letter sometimes, for example, written ‘whent’ instead of ‘went’
- Writing mirror images of letters, means writing b for d and p for q and vice versa
In short, a copy full of red marks from a teacher. Mentioned above are some of the dyslexia examples pertaining to the writing pattern.
Coming to the reading part, here is how the dyslexia examples of reading look like:
- Very slow reading
- Struggling to utter the word
- Not able to reiterate when asked what the child just read
- Missing out word or letters while reading
An empathetic approach towards such children may help knowing what kind of feelings they go through. Some of the feelings that dyslexics shared in research interviews or confided in parents are discussed in following sections.
#1 Feeling of punishment
We, human beings, are known for the capability to write and read. It is a higher level of literacy or conventional literacy. The natural instinct of a human child will be to scribble and draw. It is emergent literacy. The child with learning difficulty tends to juggle between the two, and thus, the notebook looks like common dyslexia examples demonstrated through few distorted words and pictures.
Thus, the dyslexic child is normally perceived as an inattentive child unless and until it receives the proper diagnosis, and eventually, help. So, what does writing feel like to dyslexic? A punishment, to say the least. They are sure to find ways to avoid doing it in order to not sound like a dumb, which they actually are not. Their intelligence has nothing to do with their reading and writing abilities.
#2 Feeling lost
It is a natural calling of any parent to send the child to school for early education. The child is sent to school or pre-school normally at the age of 3 to 4. Such a small child is not able to communicate, for obvious reasons, that there is a problem with the ability of learning reading or writing. Peer pressure comes falling on them as a bigger force. In the desperate attempt to keep up with the pace of other students, to feel loved and accepted, they try harder, pushing their limits and ultimately giving it all up. They start feeling lost and also start avoiding attention towards themselves. So, the way you will feel in a Japanese country without a guide or knowledge about the language, they feel the same when they are asked to read or write.
#3 Feeling of confusion
Person may show signs of Dyslexia examples for a major part of the lives, some seem to have got over it. Many students doing well in their studies were diagnosed with it even in their twenties during their college years. They share that there is constant juggle of words that happen in front of their eyes when they try to read words.
Words morphing into something else, poor association of word with the sound and other related Dyslexia examples leave such people quite confused.
#4 Feeling frustrated
The performance pattern of a person suffering from dyslexia varies on a day to day basis. Sometimes, it can be showing poles apart results within a gap of hours too. Since the problem of dyslexia does not allow the patients to keep things in mind or tend to forget the association of sound with words or numbers they learnt, they naturally feel frustrated. Eventually, they do not want to try anymore.
#5 Headache and nervousness
Though not as a direct effect of dyslexia, but due to the stress and frustration caused by trying to read and write, a dyslexic child may complain of headaches. Not able to keep up with the expectations leads to feeling of frustration and they try to avoid these activities. Pushing the brain to do something it is not wired for leads to stress manifesting into headaches.
When constantly pestered, the dyslexic children tend to go into their cocoons. They become a bit social phobic and show sign of nervousness when asked to read or write.
#6 Mental exhaustion
The combined result of all the pointe mentioned above is mental exhaustion. The process of reading and writing becomes too much to handle and the students tend to feel exhausted trying to do it, much sooner than the other people of the same age group.
Most importantly, when mishandled, it can be the cause of depression too!
Many researchers have put forth their research outcomes in order to guide people who are dyslexics or dealing with such people so that they know where and how to look for solutions and also how to arrive upon the solutions. Since it is quite clear from the picture and pointers above that reading and writing for a dyslexic is not going to be a cakewalk, the teachers and parents have to work a way around to ensure that the person is able to get his share of education basis the intelligence he naturally has.
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