Am I Dyslexic?
To find an answer to the query, ‘Am I Dyslexic?’ foremost it is important to acknowledge the fact the being dyslexic in no way means being unintelligent. A person can be dyslexic, but at the same time be very intelligent with great verbal and social skills.
Dyslexia is a condition wherein a person is not able to effectively execute the processes related to reading, writing and learning. This condition is the result of some kind of malfunctioning in a specific portion of the brain, which affects the effective processing of the sensory information; and also the coordination of the muscles of the eyes, tongue and hands.
If you face great difficulties in getting your ideas (that come up in your mind) on to a paper in a clear format; if you find it difficult to hold the pen/pencil properly and are not able to get a good handwriting; new and complicated spellings are very hard for you to learn; you make very slow or negative performance at your school/college/workplace; or if you have a family history of Dyslexia; then chances are that you might also be Dyslexic.
However, you should not jump to any conclusions as yet. It would be advisable to see a competent therapist and take necessary advice.
Characteristics of Dyslexia
Different studies that have been carried out in the field of Dyslexia have pointed out that there is some degree of difference between a normal brain and a Dyslexic brain.
Following are some of the characteristics of Dyslexia:
- The short term memory of the child/person would not be very good. This means that the child/person would find it really difficult to memorize things and then reproduce them when it is needed.
- A Dyslexic child will have less control over his/her motor skills, and hence would find holding a pencil/pen and writing with it too tedious. The writing thus obtained would also not be good enough.
- The reading abilities of a Dyslectic child/person are also affected. The child/person would have difficulty in reading and also in understanding what is being read.
- The affected person would feel exhausted and stressed-out if a great deal of information is provided to him/her.
- Due to the difficulties being faced while speaking and not being able to bring across the ideas to other people, the affected person will lack in self confidence and have a low self esteem.
- An increased sense of anxiety coupled with stress in also seen in people with Dyslexia. This increase in stress can sometimes also lead to a state of panic.
Early Signs of Dyslexia (Symptoms of Dyslexia)
Following are some of the early signs/symptoms of Dyslexia:
- not being able to judge distances;
- difficulty in interpreting different sounds;
- not being able to read unfamiliar words;
- miss out words while reading;
- unable to focus properly; facing difficulty with numbers and arithmetic;
- not being able to arrange text/things/numbers in a particular sequence;
- have total confusion in making out the directions (left/right);
- feeling tired continuously; and
- uncalled for anger due to continuous frustration.