What is dyslexia?

What is dyslexia?

What is certain is that when parents are told that their child has an illness, disorder or other problem, their first reaction is a real shock.

Often, the love that one feels for one's child as well as a lack of knowledge of the disease of which the specialist speaks to us, can make us see the problem in a disproportionate way.

However, sometimes these obstacles can represent great opportunities for us, parents, and our children …

That's why we want to talk about dyslexia today because It is important for you to be aware that if you or your child is suffering from it, there are no barriers.

Indeed, you can get everything you want and if you doubt, know that the founder of IKEA is dyslexic … and many others!

What is dyslexia?

The first descriptions of dyslexia date back to more than a hundred years ago.

Since then, the debate has been chained as to the exact definition, diagnosis and treatment of this disorder.

To date, the most appropriate definition is as follows (International Association of Dyslexia, 2002):

” Difficulty specific learning, neurobiological origin, which is characterized by difficulties to recognize accurately and fluid words, and problems with spelling and decoding. These difficulties lead to a deficiency of the phonological component” .

It is not a disease, so there is no cure for it.

The brain of a dyslexic has differences. Indeed, certain areas of the brain (particularly the upper temporal zone of the left hemisphere, responsible for the phonological process and the occipito-temporal zone, responsible for forming the visual representations of words) function differently.

This disorder is thought to be due to abnormal functioning of certain genes at the time of embryonic development.

Luz Rello and dyslexia

Luz Rello suffers from dyslexia and is an expert in the field. Thanks to her, there is now a new application called "Piruletas", which consists of a series of exercises and games to help people who have difficulties.

Thanks to this exercise, the spelling seems to improve noticeably!

Here is also DysWebxia, an application to adapt texts to dyslexic people. Thus, children can read faster.

The Spanish blog "Mis disléxicos"

María created this blog two years ago with the help of her daughter. As she said herself: "I was desperate, stressed and I wanted to free myself, convinced that only the members of my family would read this blog" … María has 6 children, and all are dyslexic.

But to his surprise, the views multiplied and many mothers of children with dyslexia visited his blog.

His eldest son is studying telecommunication engineering today: this is a great example of what you can do, even if you have dyslexia.

Some recommendations for dyslexic people

– The best way to help a dyslexic child is to give him the right tools to make up for the difficulties he has when confronting words.

These tools must give him confidence and courage to overcome this small obstacle and move forward.

– The sooner you detect that your child has difficulties, the better he can work on this disorder and generate the necessary tools.

Parents should stay calm and not oversize the problem or close their eyes byunderestimating.

It is essential to be aware of the need to act in case of doubt, because if the problem is confirmed and well present, it will not disappear on its own.

– Act jointly with those involved in your child's education : teachers, members of your family; all can and must get involved. We must act early to be able to observe results quickly.

The limits are only where you place them …

Steven Spielberg, Patrick Dempsey (aka "Doctor Mamour" in Gray's Anatomy) or the founder of IKEA are dyslexic!

The handsome Patrick Dempsey admits: "It's hard for me to read the scripts … But I never give upThis is how the actor manages to capsize our hearts across the screen!

Let's finish this article with a phrase from Luz Rello, which I hope will help you: "College is the most difficult stage for a dyslexic person. But one day, everything will be over. Courage! After school you will be able to study where you want, be who you want and use all the tools you need” .

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