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Doctor insights on: Adult Onset Dyslexia

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Dr. Kathryn Akin
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Dyslexia (Definition)

A neurological problem that causes difficulty in word recognition and spelling. This often affects reading comprehension and consequently ...Read more


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How can you self diagnose if you have dyslexia or get a free diagnosis as an adult?

How can you self diagnose if you have dyslexia or get a free diagnosis as an adult?

Professional eval: Diagnosis requires a trained professional. If there is a nearby university or post-secondary educational institution, you may be able to obtain a free or reduced-fee eval by going through their learning disabilities department. ...Read more

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I have a question about adult dyslexia. Do any employers test you for this before hiring?

No: It is not routine practice to test for dyslexia before hiring. Hopefully if you have it you have had learned how to compensate. I am not aware of any company that tests before hiring. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to get tested for dyslexia as an adult?

Can you tell me how to get tested for dyslexia as an adult?

Dyslexia testing: Dyslexia needs to be diagnosed by a psychologist who is knowledgeable about learning differences. IQ, academic, and phonological processing will all need to be assessed. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms in adults for dyslexia? I have adhd, I cont focus, I can't memorize names, I add letters to words, &i flip numbers around in phone #s

What are the symptoms in adults for dyslexia? I have adhd, I cont focus, I can't memorize names, I add letters to words, &i flip numbers around in phone #s

Dyslexia is a brain-: Based learning disability. Over 90% of the time, the cause is inability to process the smallest units of sound in a language, called phonemes. The roots of your difficulties with encoding words & numbers, attention & memory can be found with evaluation by a neuropsychologist or psychologist. Knowing how your brain works lets you learn how to maximize your strengths & minimize your weaknesses. ...Read more

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Can you grow out of dyslexia?

No, but intensive: Multimodal reading therapies like lindamood-bell for at least 9 months can help in childhood.. For a complete explanation of dyslexia, a brain-based learning disability, its treatment & long-term outcomes, read "overcoming dyslexia" by dr. Sally shaywitz. Or have someone read it to you or with you. ...Read more

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How do you get tests for dyslexia?

Health professionals: There is no single test to test for dyslexia. Ways to definitively diagnose dyslexia are elusive. Dyslexia is determined by the presence or absence of its various symptoms. Comprehensive testing provides a way of measuring these symptoms. Educational psychologists are adept at diagnosing along with psychiatrists/psychologists. ...Read more

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How can I get a dyslexia diagnosis?

Dyslexia testing: Dyslexia needs to be diagnosed by a psychologist who is knowledgeable about learning differences. IQ, academic, and phonological processing will all need to be assessed. ...Read more

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How to know if I have some type of dyslexia?

Time for consultatn: Educational psychologists can administer various tests that are appropriate for age that can help define a learning issue or dyslexia. ...Read more

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Is dyslexia even real? How does it even happen?

Is dyslexia even real? How does it even happen?

Certainly exists: Dyslexia is a brain disorder resulting in the failure to recognize letters and patterns of letters. It is a developmental disorder. ...Read more

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What is dyslexia and does it have a known cause?

What is dyslexia and does it have a known cause?

Symptoms: There are several types of dyslexia, but what they have in common is the difficulty in reading comprehension. With proper instruction, this can be overcome. The cause is an unknown immaturitry of brain function. ...Read more

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How to know if I have some symptoms of dyslexia?

Dyslexia symptoms: Dyslexia creates problems with sounding out words for reading and spelling. Reading is slow, choppy, and inaccurate and spelling may have the wrong letters in words, or the letters may be in the wrong order. Typically, comprehension is fine as long as inaccuracy does not significantly interfere with meaning. ...Read more

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What happens if you have dyslexia is it harder to ice skate?

90% of cases of: dyslexia are language-based, caused by the brain's inability to process phonemes, the smallest units of sound in a language. Only 10% are caused by visual-perceptual, not visual-motor, problems. Developmental Coordination Disorder or alterations in muscle tone & strength are more likely to impact skills needed for sports. A neurodevelopmental exam may reveal subtle signs of mild motor impairment. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I want to know if dyslexia is sex-linked or not?

No: Dyslexia is a heritable trait. The risk of reading disability is 40 to 60 percent among children of affected parents. ...Read more

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How to know if I have dyslexia, are there any online quizzes (w/ numbers perhaps)?

How to know if I have dyslexia, are there any online quizzes (w/ numbers perhaps)?

10% of cases of dys-: Lexia are caused by visual-perceptual problems, 90% are caused by a brain-based language processing disorder, difficulty associating phonemes, the smallest units of sound in a language, with particular letters or symbols. The International Dyslexia Association has a screen: http://www. Interdys. Org/AreYouDyslexic_AdultTest. Htm, with definition of, myths about & resources for reading disorder. ...Read more

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Is dyslexia curable?

Sometimes: Dyslexia reflects the brain's inability to decode written information reliably. While it is true that some dyslexics have done great things, that does not make it a non-problem. There are techniques such as fastforward that seem to help the brain modify itself and correct certain types of dyslexia. For most, though, effective techniques help the person work around the problem. ...Read more

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What is sympathetic dyslexia?

What is sympathetic dyslexia?

Not a term I've ever: Heard. Dyslexia is a language-based learning disorder caused by a deficit in phonemic awareness, the processing of sound structure of language. 40% of children with dyslexia have an affected sibling or parent. Delays in language development, inability to rhyme or to make sound/symbol associations ("a as in apple") in preschoolers may predict reading disability in later grades. ...Read more

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Is dyslexia be inherited genetically?

Is dyslexia be inherited genetically?

Complex: Dyslexia is a complex disorder. Studies have shown both genetics and environment (nature and nurture) both to be causes. ...Read more

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Does dyslexia worsen during times of stress?

Yes: You will find that several issues will reduce effectiveness/performance. Stress is one. Hunger, lack of adequate restful sleep, illness, a strange or stressful environment. These factors impair many skill sets, not just your dyslexia. ...Read more

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How can I support my daughter with dyslexia?

Get professional hel: It is best to have her tested and then to enroll in a remediation program; there are many excellant ones in most communities. ...Read more

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Is there any medication that can combat dyslexia?

No silver bullet: Dyslexia is felt to be a due to a wiring problem in the brain where the link between seeing & interpreting the content of written words is not quite right. No medication or colored lenses or other such crap will change this. If a patient has an additional problem such as add, medication may help s/he lead to deal with the learning issues better. ...Read more

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Can people with dyslexia get a license and drive a car?

Yes: It is an inconvenience not a true handicap and they can drive just fine. ...Read more

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What is dyslexia and what does it affect besides school?

Symptoms: There are several types of dyslexia, but what they have in common is the difficulty in reading comprehension. With proper instruction, this can be overcome. The cause is an unknown immaturitry of brain function. ...Read more

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Symptoms of math dyslexia appear as what kinds of problems?

Dyscalculia is the: Term for a math learning disorder. Problems with math computation (adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing) &/or math application, (figuring out when to add. Subtract, multiply, divide) are the symptoms. A neuropsychological evaluation can determine the cause, as Nonverbal Learning Disabilities, visual-perceptual problems, ADHD, & language-based learning disabilities can all contribute. ...Read more

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How to know if I have minor dyslexia, or am I just stressed?

Unless you are: Planning 2 go 2 school or R having major difficulties at work due 2 difficulty reading, U may not need a full psychological evaluation 2 diagnose dyslexia. If it is causing problems at work or school, testing would help & could get educational or professional accommodations 4 dyslexia. It can lead 2 anxiety when undiagnosed & untreated. You can speak 2 a psychologist & decide what 2 do RE: stress ...Read more

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My daughter is being tested shortly for dyslexia. Why now at 9?

My daughter is being tested shortly for dyslexia. Why now at 9?

Need to label: Dyslexia is not used much any more. It means a disorder in reading. More common in boys and usually a description during early school. Later school problems may need a label to get special extra help. Dyslexia is meaningless but better than retardation or autism. ...Read more