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Dr. Kathryn Akin
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Dyslexia (Overview)

A neurological problem that causes difficulty in word recognition and spelling. This often affects reading comprehension and consequently adversely affects academic performance.


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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

Dr. Kathryn Akin
190 Doctors shared insights

Dyslexia (Overview)

A neurological problem that causes difficulty in word recognition and spelling. This often affects reading comprehension and consequently adversely affects academic performance.


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Is bed wetting a symptom of major dyslexia?

Is bed wetting a symptom of major dyslexia?

No: They are not related that I am aware. Bed wetting occurs in many without dyslexia and is normal. There is often a first degree relative (mom, dad, uncles, etc) who wet the bed. Most kids outgrow it by 9-10. After age 7, a bed wetting alarm can be very helpful in resolving the problem. ...Read more

Dr. Charlene Sojico Dr. Sojico
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Dyslexia (Tip)

How do we cope with dyslexia? ...See more

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Living with Dyslexia (Checklist)

Understand your limitations and pace yourself
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Practice scanning what you read to capture the essence of the material
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Underline important concepts and write them in another area
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My younger brother has symptoms of dyslexia, I think. How can I tell if it really is?

My younger brother has symptoms of dyslexia, I think. How can I tell if it really is?

Be tested: It is common for children to transpose letters up until age 5 or 6. Usually by age 7 (or second grade) testing can determine if it is an issue. Testing is the best way to determine if he has dyslexia. Usually the school can provide testing or you can find a psychologist who performs the psychoeducational testing for tho problem. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are signs of dyslexia for 12 year olds.?

Need expert help here. What are signs of dyslexia for 12 year olds.?

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

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Dyslexia (Tip)

Many brilliant people have dyslexia, so you can still be successful! ...See 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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Can an md diagnose dyslexia? Can MRI imaging diagnose dyslexia and if so how do I get my son tested

Can an md diagnose dyslexia? Can MRI imaging diagnose dyslexia and if so how do I get my son tested

Some Developmental/: Behavioral Pediatricians test reading decoding & comprehension. Child psychologists, neuropsychologists & commercial programs like Lindamood-Bell do, also. Dr. Sally Shaywitz used functional MRI's to show that different parts of the brain are activated in readers vs. Non-readers during reading tasks, but this is for research only. Read her book "Overcoming Dyslexia" for explanation. ...Read more

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Dyslexia (Tip)

Do not delay in identifying kids with dyslexia. Dyslexia do run in families. ...See 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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Dyslexia (Tip)

Many people with dyslexia are also affected with dyscalculia. Early treatment is imperative. ...See more

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How do you know of you have dyslexia. I have done tests online and they say I have a highchance for it which I think I have. But my doctor won't test me?

Try at school: Hopefully, your school will have the ability to evaluate you for this. A teacher you trust is a good place to start. Educators are really better than doctors for this and they may find ways to help you compensate for the challenge. Good luck - you'll find someone to help - keep trying - librarians can be good resources too. ...Read more

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What can cause dyslexia?

Wiring issue: 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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Dyslexia (Tip)

Find your strength! Discover your talents and use them to build a fulfilling life. ...See more

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Does writing letters backward mean my child has dyslexia? My daughter is in kindergarten and is learning to write. She often writes letters backward, and mixes up words with similar spellings. Does this mean she has dyslexia? .

Does writing letters backward mean my child has dyslexia? My daughter is in kindergarten and is learning to write. She often writes letters backward, and mixes up words with similar spellings. Does this mean she has dyslexia? .

It: It is completely normal for a young child to reverse letters when first learning how to write - it is not an indicator of dyslexia. Many kids will continue to confuse b's and d's, q's and p's, well into first and even second grade. The same is true for confusing similar spellings of words. I've attached an article that talks about dyslexia and what to look for. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is dyslexia and how is it treated?

Trouble reading.: Dyslexia results from poor functioning of parts of the brain that specialize in decoding written information. There is no "cure, " and medications are not useful; but, a number of systems exist to help the individual learn to read. Look for information of slingerland, lindamood bell, and other systems that address dyslexia. ...Read more

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Dyslexia (Tip)

Learn your strength. Practice. Keep up with new technology. Never, ever give up ...See more

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What is the treatment for dyslexia?

What is the treatment for dyslexia?

Have a good team: Once a child is diagnosed, and is over 3 yrs, federal law states a individualized education program that is unique to each child be implemented via the public school system. The goal is to teach the child according to his strengths, and using a multidisciplinary approach. Reading can be taught using a multisensory approach like the slingerland method or project read. It is not an i.Q. Problem. ...Read more

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Are there effective treatments for dyslexia and amblyopia?

Dyslexia is a: Language-based learning disability that is brain-based. Intensive, long-term, multimodal therapy can improve reading skills & actually change the areas of the brain recruited for reading to those activated by fluent readers. ("overcoming dyslexia" by dr. Shaywitz). Ped. Ophthalmologists treat amblyopia with eye drops to blur vision in the better eye + glasses. Young kids usually have good results. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Dyslexia (Tip)

What I do when I'm writing d's for b's all the time, and confusing left from right? ...See more

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I think my daughter has numerical dyslexia, does anybody know if there is a cure?

No: There is no cure for learning disabilities, which includes dyscalculia (difficulty in understanding, remembering, or manipulating numbers or number facts such as multiplication tables). School psychologists and/or private testing psychologists can evaluate a child to see what his strengths and weaknesses are, and then make recommendations for educational therapy to help overcome his weaknesses. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment to get rid of dyslexia?

No cure: Dyslexia is a condition where the brain mixes up signals it receives. This causes a jumbling and/or reversal of letters and numbers, difficulty remembering sequential information, etc. There is no definitive cure for it. Folks diagnosed with it are trained to recognize it and adapt to it. They are often of average to above-average intelligence and do very well with the proper help. ...Read more

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Dyslexia (Tip)

Slowdown you're thinking while you're talking, reading. ...See more

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Is dyslexia genetic?

Is dyslexia genetic?

Yes, partially: Learning disorders have a small genetic contribution. Therefore, if your parents have/had a learning disorder, you would have a greater chance of also having a learning disorder than someone whose parent did not have a learning disorder but it only increases the odds minimally. ...Read more

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Doctor, is there a way to check prenatally for risk for dyslexia?

None Known: Not yet, although there appears to be a genetic connection. ...Read more

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Dyslexia (Tip)

Ask your doctor about measuring reading accuracy, fluency, writing skills, and IQ. ...See more

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Is dyslexia something you are born with or is it something that can be develop?

Is dyslexia something you are born with or is it something that can be develop?

Developmental disord: Dyslexia is a disorder of symbol identification. Children are born with this disorder. There are a number of specialized reading programs available to help overcome dyslexia. It is possible to develop dyslexia as a result of a brain injury as well. ...Read more

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What is dyslexia?

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