Dyslexia is the inability to comprehend the relation between
words, spellings and sounds. These are the primary symptoms that can be noticed
in a child at an early age and it is important to understand that no two dyslexic
children display exactly the same symptoms. The real problem is coordinated
comprehension and various children manifest this problem in a variety of ways.
There are various difficulties that dyslexic children face
and there are obviously certain common ones. While studying the enlistment of
difficulties that these children face, one should always remember that a
certain dyslexic kid will not necessarily show each of these symptoms. So when
parents or teachers notice that the child is showing any one of the following
symptoms, they should immediately take the child for a medical assessment.
Ability and Achievement
Have a quick look at the difficulties which dyslexic
children come across.
Ability and Achievement
The child may show extensive potential but there will be a
marked variation between what the child achieves and his actual ability. This
can be elaborated in this way. Often you come across a kid who appears to be
smart when you are talking or discussing things with him. Then you will notice
that the kid is finding it extremely hard to read or spell words. They find it
very hard to deal
with numbers too. So their ability to understand things is not really
reflected in their grade sheets as a student.
Children are Good in
Creativity But Academics
On the other hand, it has been observed that dyslexic kids
are particular easy with subjects in the creative field. They are noticed to
enjoy their drama, drawing and art classes. Even the physical coordination
classes like model making, swimming,
work outs and sports
are far more interesting to them compared to the regular school assignments.
Lack of Interest in
Dyslexia is not merely a behavioural
problem. Since the lack of interest or abilities actually evolve from an
abnormality in the brain, it is important that these children are treated as
special cases but allowed to interact with the other normal kids so that their
self esteem is not threatened and they are able to enjoy life just like other
Difficulty in Dealing
with Text and Numbers
The fault lies with the neural links in their brain and therefore
they find it difficult to deal with texts and numbers. But on the other hand it
is also true that they can readily understand the relationship between letters
and numbers with the aid of a little additional support. After all they are not
mentally challenged and they have absolutely no difficulty in understanding. It
is just that their coordination abilities are slack.
Difficulty in Spelling
The other noticeable difficulty is with regard to spelling.
One can easily notice this when the kid finds it difficult to spell short and
simple words. They can be words like: ‘any’, ‘many’, ‘they’ and ‘said’. They
are also prone to spell words in a way if we go to spell them just in
accordance with the rational pronunciation. For example, they are likely to
spell “does” as “dus”, “please” as “pleez”, or “search” as “serch”. They do it
because they do not really understand why should there be any difference in the
manner that these words are pronounced and the way they are written.
Another difficulty noticed in a dyslexic child is that they
are prone to spell the letters and numbers backwards. They do it without being
really aware of it. For instance they are confused with the letters ‘b’ and ‘d’
and the number ‘9’ and ‘p’. this confusion is caused as these letters have the
same mirror image.
are not very sure about the left and right directions. They easily mix it
children find it very tough to solve numerical problems. This is because
they find it difficult to understand sequencing and ordering.
also cannot organise themselves readily or in a smooth fashion. Often they
are so disjointed in their behavior and presentation that it appears that
they will never be able to pull themselves up.
find it extremely hard to follow instructions. When they are asked to
follow a 2-3 step problem solving method, they are just unable to
However, if proper teaching methods are applied while
teaching a dyslexic
child, it is not difficult to treat this problem. There are lots of
children who are doing fairly well with the implication of new methods and
techniques of teaching dyslexic children.