DYSLEXIA: causes, symptoms, and testing
What is Dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a disorder that is quite personalized in its symptoms and severity. It is often classified by a victim’s inability to read and/or write properly.
What causes Dyslexia?
Basically, Dyslexia is a neurological defect and learning disability caused by hormonal growth during at the early development stage of the fetus in the uterus.
Types of Dyslexia
There are three (3) major types of dyslexia classified by their cause. These include:
Trauma Dyslexia: This usually happens after someone has experienced brain injury or brain trauma due to a car accident, a fall from a tall ladder among many others. It usually affects the area of the brain that controls the victim’s ability to write and read. Trauma dyslexia is mostly seen in adult patients. Hardly do children suffer from it.
Primary Dyslexia: It is genetic or hereditary in nature, and is caused by a dysfunction of the cerebral cortex. Primary dyslexia is more common with boys than girls and does not improve or get worse with age. People who have this type of dyslexia usually struggle with writing, spelling, and reading in a variety of degrees, through adulthood.
Developmental Dyslexia: Also known as secondary dyslexia, developmental dyslexia is believed to be caused by hormonal growth during the early stages of development in the uterus. This type of dyslexia is more common in boys and believed to be highly treatable with a good chance of lessening and even going away as the child develops.
Furthermore, Dyslexia can also be classified based on the type of skills the victim is struggling with. These are:
Visual Dyslexia: This is when the victim struggles with the ability to write letters, numbers, and words in the right style and order.
Auditory Dyslexia: This is when victims struggle with the sounds of words or letters. It may also be caused by hearing and ear issues that start at an early age.
Symptoms of Dyslexia
- Short-term memory
- sub-standard reading abilities
- low self-esteem
- Difficulty in concentrating
Testing for Dyslexia
If you or any of your loved ones have a combination of any of the dyslexia symptoms mentioned above, it would be a great idea to take a simple dyslexia test to validate or deny the possibilities. Two types of tests are required for anyone dealing with dyslexia. The first one is the screening test and the other, a detailed test.
Dyslexia screening test: The main aim of the screening test is to know if the more detailed test would be needed. It is a somewhat simple test that does not essentially determine if someone has dyslexia. It is used to know if someone has some kind of learning disability be it dyslexia, ADHD or even autism. It is often used to screen people from the learning disabled group.
The detailed test: It is more challenging, expensive, time-consuming and painstaking for the patient being tested. It may require several testing sessions. If you start with the detailed test to determine if the person has dyslexia or not, it would be a great waste of money and time and would generate needless stress for the patient being tested.
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