Almost all of the history of dyslexia has been written during the last twenty-five years or so. Before that what we now know as dyslexia was practically unknown.
Dyslexics learn differently. Their eyes see the world the exact same way but their brains interpret the signals from the eyes differently than those of non-dyslexics. It’s O.K., many highly successful people have been dyslexic. But to reach their complete potential they must be taught differently, according to their specific needs.
In the last 15 years almost every school-age child has been routinely screened for dyslexia in children. Practically all those who had problems with reading were selected to go through a full-scale professional dyslexia test and evaluation.
Before about 15 years ago, dyslexics were lumped in with the rest of the students and had to take their chances. Most were treated badly by the educational system, called lazy, slow learners, underachievers. They were made to feel ashamed of and embarrassed by their differences and learned to conceal them.
Millions of adult dyslexics today have never taken a dyslexia test. They still struggle with learning and reading difficulties that could be easily overcome if they were only known. A half-hour dyslexia test could make enormous improvements in their self-esteem and abilities.
There are many different types of dyslexia. In fact, there is no standard “type”; everyone is different. Dyslexics cannot be classified and put into different “boxes” to process. Each one must be tested and evaluated separately.
Testing for dyslexia, especially in adults, is extremely important. Testing is the only way the numerous (in the millions) of adult dyslexics can be identified and helped. Without knowing, without the training they need, it’s probable that they can never reach their full potentials. A simple dyslexia test could set them free, dramatically improve their lives.
There is more information on the subject of dyslexia you can see by clicking on any of the links in this blog posting.
Disclaimer: This posting is based on information freely available in the popular press and medical journals that deal with dyslexia. Nothing herein is intended to be or should be construed to be medical advice. For medical advice the reader should consult with his or her physician or other medical specialist.
By Willian Tucker