Dyslexia Awareness MonthOpinion

Dyslexia Through My Eyes!  

By Mackenzie From Year 6

Dyslexia, is a fancy term for a learning difference. People with dyslexia have trouble with reading despite having normal intelligence. It is a common learning disability and occurs in all areas of the world. It affects 3–7% of the population; however, up to 20% of people may have some degree of symptoms.

Mackenzie with fury friends Teddy and Barney

Some people with dyslexia  have difficulties in spelling words, others find reading and writing difficult. Dyslexia is believed to be caused by certain genes. The underlying mechanisms of dyslexia are problems within the brain language processing.

Dyslexia is diagnosed by educational psychologists through a series of tests. The test involves memory, spelling, vision, and reading skills. While dyslexia is more often diagnosed in men, it has been suggested that it affects men and women equally.

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Treatment involves adjusting teaching methods to meet the person’s needs. While not curing the underlying problem, it  will decrease the symptoms. Some believe that dyslexia should be best considered as a different way of learning, with both benefits and downsides.

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When I was in year 3, I was diagnosed with dyslexia. It was a huge relief to me because then I finally  knew why I was finding it hard to write and spell. Every time I needed to write by myself I found it hard to spell all the words right. I had to ask for help each time. When I started reading ALL THE TIME, I  found it a lot easier to write and spell.

If I keep working hard, I will succeed in becoming a teacher as I’ve always wanted. 

 

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