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

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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. William Singer
Dr. William Singer
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
2 doctors agree

In brief: 90% of the time

Dyslexia is a language-based reading disorder, from dysfunction in the part of the brain that processes phonemes, the smallest units of sound in a language, in a child with an average or above-average IQ.
10% of cases are from visual-perceptual problems. The "set-up" is either genetic or epigenetic, exposure to agents that alter function, but not structure or sequence of fetal genes.

In brief: 90% of the time

Dyslexia is a language-based reading disorder, from dysfunction in the part of the brain that processes phonemes, the smallest units of sound in a language, in a child with an average or above-average IQ.
10% of cases are from visual-perceptual problems. The "set-up" is either genetic or epigenetic, exposure to agents that alter function, but not structure or sequence of fetal genes.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. William Holmes
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Born With

The likelihood of having dyslexia is something that is internal or within the individual.
However, the severity or expression of dyslexia is definitely made worse by experiences and circumstances in the environment.

In brief: Born With

The likelihood of having dyslexia is something that is internal or within the individual.
However, the severity or expression of dyslexia is definitely made worse by experiences and circumstances in the environment.
Dr. William Holmes
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Some inherited

Dyslexia broadly divides into two groups.
One is acquired: eg, after a stroke or other insult to the left temporal lobe of the brain. The other is an inherited neurological problem that prevents proper decoding of letters or words into ideas. Some conditions can mimic dyslexia, such as ad/hd or specific learning disabilities. Many dyslexics have family members with it too.

In brief: Some inherited

Dyslexia broadly divides into two groups.
One is acquired: eg, after a stroke or other insult to the left temporal lobe of the brain. The other is an inherited neurological problem that prevents proper decoding of letters or words into ideas. Some conditions can mimic dyslexia, such as ad/hd or specific learning disabilities. Many dyslexics have family members with it too.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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