Coping with Dyslexia

There are many misconceptions that revolve around dyslexia. Some think that it’s a sign of low intelligence or mental retardation. Others point out that Albert Einstein had dyslexia and believe that it’s a condition that geniuses have. Neither one is true.

Dyslexia doesn’t turn anyone into a genius. Yes, Albert Einstein did have dyslexia. He had trouble learning mathematics under traditional methods. But dyslexia didn’t make him the genius that we know of today. It’s not even a sign of superior intelligence. People just use this reference to inspire people with dyslexia, especially children so that they don’t let themselves be impaired by this condition.

More importantly, dyslexia doesn’t equate to inferior intelligence. Dyslexics may have a problem with reading, writing, spelling, and sometimes in math but never in thinking. Most of the time, a person knows the right answer to the question. He/she would only have difficulty expressing it through the written word. Dyslexics should never be branded as lazy or stupid.

If you have a child or know someone who’s suffering from this problem, you need to know that the first step in coping with it is learning more about it.

Dyslexia, which is a learning problem that makes it difficult for a person to read write, and spell, happens because the brain mixes up words and letters. People with dyslexia find it hard to remember words, either spoken or written. But as it has been emphasized earlier, this doesn’t indicate intelligence that’s below average. Many people who are dyslexic have turned out to be very intelligent, and Albert Einstein is just one of them.

It’s also important that you detect the condition early on by observing a child carefully for possible symptoms. Symptoms of dyslexia include delayed response, slow in learning new words, rhyming difficulty, problems linking letters to sounds, and writing letters or words backward.

If your child has been diagnosed with dyslexia, it’s crucial to provide parental support and guidance to help your little one cope with it more effectively. First, you need to assess your child’s strengths and weaknesses and use these to formulate strategies that would help him/her to learn reading and writing more easily.

Even if you’ve already enrolled your child to a school, you should still stay involved in his/her learning. Follow through his/her progress in school and keep communicating with the teacher about your child’s academic performance.

Also, be very patient when teaching your child. It’s not easy to teach a child with dyslexia. Imagine how difficult it would be to have dyslexia yourself. Your patience will encourage your child to do better. It would also make your kid feel good about him/herself.

It would also help a lot to be a good role model to your child. Show him/her how reading and writing are essential to everyday life. Keep supplying your child with reading materials that he/she would find interesting and enjoyable so that reading won’t seem like a chore but instead, a fun activity that he/she would love to engage in.

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