To try and establish a core of information for my project, I’m going to write about some of the things I learn while researching dyslexia. I don’t know if this will all be in my final report, but I thought it would be interesting to read about; dyslexia is a learning disorder that can impede acquiring literacy, so this definitely relates to the class (at least a little). So, without further ado, here’s all the information I found. [All information comes from the Mayo Clinic website about dyslexia:http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dyslexia/basics/definition/con-20021904]
Definition: dyslexia is a “learning disorder characterized by difficulty reading due to problems identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words.” Dyslexia is not an indicator of a person’s intelligence level, nor does a person’s vision give them dyslexia. Dyslexia does not have a cure.
Symptoms: While some children may exhibit symptoms before school, typically children are diagnosed when they are learning to read. Teachers and parents may notice their child exhibiting symptoms including “reading well below the expected level for your child’s age, problems processing and understanding what he or she hears, difficulty comprehending rapid instructions” and many others. The main symptom of dyslexia, though, is a difficulty with reading.
Causes: Dyslexia is likely genetic and can be inherited. The “inherited traits appear to affect parts of the brain concerned with language, interfering with the ability to convert written letters and words into speech.”
Complications: the main problem for people with dyslexia is the trouble they experience while learning, since literacy is a fundamental part of school. Other complications include social problems and problems as an adult due to the difficulty reading presents.
While this may not be an exhaustive bit of research, I hope you now feel like you have a little more information about dyslexia and its symptoms, causes, and complications!