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So What is Dyslexia?

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Dyslexia is a funny word isn’t it? It actually comes from the Greek and means ‘difficulty with words’. This difficulty with words however, is very complex and far reaching in its effects.

There are those who believe that there is some kind of myth about dyslexia. Dyslexia is no myth. Much research and extensive brain imaging has shown that dyslexia is a learning difficulty arising from the language managing areas of the brain, due to a breakdown or weakness in information processing.

This doesn’t mean that there is anything wrong with a dyslexic brain; it just works in a different way. This weakness affects language skills and memory and sometimes fine-motor skills. Dyslexia significantly affects the underlying skills required for the development of reading, spelling and writing. Other areas sometimes affected are numeracy and aspects of daily life involving time-keeping, personal organization, and other social skills. People with dyslexia can, however, demonstrate amazing strengths as well as difficulties.
Dyslexia is a heritable condition, tending to run in families. The genetic basis for dyslexia is well documented in research literature. All kinds of people are affected by dyslexia regardless of intellect, race or social class.

Dyslexia is not a myth. The cause of dyslexia in children has yet to be confirmed, but research now tells us these children are born with neurological anomalies in the brain that lead to difficulties in sorting sounds, and using words and symbols.