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    What is dyslexia?

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    Cyan von Gija

    Counsellor, Psychotherapist

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    Dyslexia is a sign that there are more then one way of thinking in this world. On the surface it might seem like someone with dyslexia has a problem, in that they have difficulty with reading,writting and mathmatetics (and possibly more), but what it actually shows is that the individual is right-brain (hemisphere) dominant. 
    Left-brained people (about 90% of the population) are better equiped to handle letters, words and numbers. They are linear thinkers.
    Right-brained people (people with dyslexia/ADHD) are better equiped for art, visual pursuits. They are 3D, wholistic thinks, well equiped for problem solving and developing new ways of thinking.
    Like being gay, or left-handed. Being right-brained is simply a evolutionary variation, that gives the human species lots of potential.
    Sadly dyslexia is treated a disability by many, and yet most people with dyslexia learn well, really well if they are taught in a way that suits their style of thinking. In fact on average people with dyslexia/ADHD have slightly higher IQs, and thats besides their creative, artistic, and empathetic intelligence.

  • Dianne Zebic

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    Dyslexia is a learning disorder  for people who have expressive and receptive language difficulties, and it is generally a hereditary condition. 

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    Darren Stops

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    Dyslexia is defined as a developmental reading disorder, and also referred to as a learning disorder, learning disability, learning difficulty, specific learning disability, and an endless list of other terms.  It is widely understood to be genetically based.

    Essentially it is a problem with reading and spelling not related to another primary problem such as low cognitive ability.

    Dyslexia (difficulty reading) may be a result of different processing problems, but the most common is a problem with phonological awareness (recognising the sounds in language).  It is important to obtain a thorough Psycho-educational assessment to diagnose the processes that are problematic.  Many people with dyslexia can successfully learn to read with direct instruction in systematic phonics.

    The area is also confounded by a large number of people who present with poor reading ability, due to the prevalence of non-evidence based philosphies of reading in the education system since the late 1970's through to today.  These individuals may not have a genetically "brain-based" dyslexia, and generally respond quite rapidly to evidence-based instruction.

  • Daniel Wendt

    Psychologist

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    Dyslexia is also know as a Specifc Learning Disorder of Reading according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual - Fifth Edition (DSM-V). Dyslexia can be a confusing for people as there are many misconceptions among professionals and the community. I have explained some of the details regarding Dyslexia in this article: https://www.oraclepsychology.com.au/psychologist-articles/dyslexia

    I have also provided a brief YouTube clip highlighting some of the important concepts related to Dyslexia here: https://www.oraclepsychology.com.au/psychologist-articles/what-is-dyslexia

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