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What kind of doctor do you need to see if you are worried your child has dyslexia?

What kind of doctor do you need to see if you are worried your child has dyslexia?

Depends: Either a pH. D., such as a trained psychologist, with a specialization in disorders of childhood. However, psychologists cannot prescribe medication. A medical doctor, such as a child psychiatrist, has psychotherapeutic skills, but also has medical training. Hence, can prescribe medication, if needed. ...Read more

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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What doctor do I go to to be tested for dyslexia?

What doctor do I go to to be tested for dyslexia?

See below: Psychiatrists, psychologists, & pediatricians with expertise in dyslexia are usually capable of testing for dyslexia. ...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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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 a doctor prescribe you for dyslexia?

No Medicines: Dyslexia is a learning disability. Management is focused on identifying the persons strengths or learning pathways and trying to bypass the weakness. Skill testing with an educational psychologist and a learning plan based on these findings is needed. There are no medicines to treat this. ...Read more

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When someone gets tested for dyslexia, what else are doctors testing for?

When someone gets tested for dyslexia, what else are doctors testing for?

Psychologists &: Neuropsychologists use standardized tests of IQ & adaptive abilities, memory, attention, visual & auditory processing, executive functions - storing, retrieving & using information, etc. Specific Learning Disorder with impairment in reading, written expression &/or math manifests at school age. Timely or delayed diagnosis requires that the child or adult have an average or above-average IQ. ...Read more

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Doctors, do you think I can develop dyslexia over the years or is it just something you have?

Doctors, do you think I can develop dyslexia over the years or is it just something you have?

Unlikely: The neurological pathways responsible for learning delays are usually formed prior to birth. New onset learning delays such as dyslexia in an adult should prompt a complete neurologic evaluation. ...Read more

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How common is dyslexia?

How common is dyslexia?

Most common LD: Depending on definition, 5-17% of people in the us have learning disabilities, ~ 2.6 million children aged 6-11. About 80% of people with learning disabilities have dyslexia, a language-based primary reading disorder that results from a written word processing abnormality in the brain difficulty with accurate/ fluid sight-word reading, reading decoding & spelling are hallmarks. ...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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How can I know if I have dyslexia?

Specific symptoms: Dyslexia is not something you "catch" as an adult. Usually, it is detected between ages of 7-8 up to 10 years, rarely later. Before 7, a number of people have some of the symptoms but outgrow it. It is defined as having specific problems with reading, e.g., letter reversal, that specifically makes reading hard. A variety of effective treatments can ease the problem but no cures. ...Read more

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Ok I've got dyslexia. What should I do?

Resources: Dyslexia can be treated by working with reading specialists, speech therapists, or even occupational therapists. Medications are of little value in absence of adhd. Excellent resources are available from mayo clinic or cleveland clinic, and there are both local and national organizations dealing with this problem. Do not give up, find help! ...Read more

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Can someone develop dyslexia in your 20s?

It Shows UP: It ceratainly may seem to appear as the need for reading increases. But one is born with the problem. The severity varies which is why it appears to show later. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of language dyslexia?

What are the symptoms of language dyslexia?

Reading disorder: All dyslexia is language-based, though misinformation persists about letter/word reversal or eye movements deficits. Early language delay, inability to rhyme or to associate specific sounds with their symbols in pre-k & with letters in kg can predict difficulty with with written word processing (reading decoding) in late kg or in 1st grade. "overcoming dylexia" by dr. Shaywitz explains all. ...Read more

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Can you spell alright and still have dyslexia?

Yes: These require different brain functions. So this can happen. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Dyslexia?

What is the definition or description of: Dyslexia?

A type of reading: Disability, a neurological problem that causes difficulty in word recognition and spelling. This often affects reading comprehension and consequently adversely affects academic performance. ...Read more

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Does dyslexia make a person to write their letters backwards?

No: Dyslexia is a disorder of symbol identification. Letter reversals are common in children up to 3rd grade and is more an indication of neurological immaturity ...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

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Are there any positives to having dyslexia, and how can you tell if you have it?

Not sure: I've never heard anyone describe positives of having dyslexia. Think of it more as as a part of the brain that, from an evolutionary perspective, has been required only relatively recently, so lots of people functioned just fine in the past without needing to read but it's much harder to do so now. There are effective treatment interventions. Look up slingerland & lindamood bell, among others. ...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