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A 35-year-old female asked:

Is dyslexia the same thing as a learning disorder?

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Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Pediatric Cardiology 17 years experience
One Type: Learning disorders are broken down into multiple categories that involve many fields. Dyslexia is one specific learning disorder. So to be technical, they are not the "same thing". Dyslexia is a form of learning disorder, but not all learning disorders are dyslexia.
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 51 years experience
Dyslexia = reading: Disorder, 90% of cases are language-based. It occurs when the brain does not process phonemes, the smallest units of sound in a language. The book "overcoming dyslexia" by dr. Sally shaywitz is excellent. Most people who have a reading disorder also have a disorder of written language. Long-term multi-modal therapies like lindamood-bell improve reading. Vision therapy ; colored overlays do not.
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