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    What are the signs and symptoms of dyslexia?

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    Sonia Romm

    Optometrist

    I am a behavioural optometrist with over 15 years experience in full-scope optometric patient care: examination for diabetis, glaucoma, macular degeneration, children's vision and vision … View Profile

    Dyslexia is a very broad term describing difficulty to learn to read and/or write despite average intellect and adequate classroom instruction. Many forms exist and may vary from mild to severe. Often children have difficulty in picking up reading, spelling, letter reversals in early primary school. This does not automatically imply that this child is dyslexic. A number of aspects need to be investigated, such as hearing, language skills, vision assessment ( including visual function and perceptual assessment). In the event that any reduction in the above areas is detected, it needs to be treated appropriately, whether it involves hearing aids, speech therapy, spectacles, vision therapy, occupational therapy or multidisciplinary approach to achieve balance and improve learning ability of this child.

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