WHAT IS DYSLEXIA?
Dyslexia is a term used to describe a wide range of persistent difficulties with reading and writing, and often includes spelling, numeracy and musical notation. People with dyslexia tend to think primarily in pictures and images, rather than the sounds of words.
Most of us who know about dyslexia, know it as a reading problem. However, the reading problem is only one symptom of dyslexia. The other symptoms include visual distortions in sequencing, spacing, orientation, and recognition,as well as auditory or hearing distortion, or distortion in the senses of balance, movement and time.
Dyslexics commonly experience great difficulty with reading, writing, spelling and mathematical and musical symbols.
The Davis theory has dyslexia as being a creative, imaginative thought process, a gifted perceptual ability, a highly stylised reaction to confusion - an alternative way of thinking.
The following conditions come under the umbrella of dyslexia:
- ADD, ADHD
- Auditory sequential processing dysfunctions
- Learning disability (reading, writing, spelling difficulties)
- Problems with maths (dyscalculia)
- Phonic or decoding problems
- Eye-tracking difficulties
- Equilibrium or co-ordination faults
- Visual processing skills
- Auditory processing disorder
- Lack of phonological awareness
- Gifted but disabled
- Behaviour or discipline problems