Teen Health: Dyslexia-What Is It?

Teen Health: Dyslexia-What Is It?

We have lately been posting teen health related issues and the response has been phenomenal from our readers. And so we decided to put forth another very important health related issue that can disturb your teen’s academic career if not managed and treated in the appropriate manner.

What is Dyslexia?

It basically is the difficulty in reading something. Other related symptoms may include trouble in memorizing spellings and solving math’s problems.

The brain is responsible for receiving and interpreting impulses from all of our senses (seeing, touching, hearing, tasting, and smelling), the resulting response tells us what is going on around us.

If your kid or someone else has Dyslexia then there may be certain hearing and seeing messages getting muddled up because the brain can’t process all those impulses simultaneously. Students who could have reading issues cause them to face problems in writing and spellings. They can be equally or smarter than others.

Other symptoms

Teens suffering from dyslexia can have a lot of trouble with processing information. They can swap letters like p and q while reading. There are many other signs like:

  • While reading, they can skip on words or can add those which are not even there.
  • Difficulties with writing by hand and therefore, neat writing is hard for them.
  • When copying things off the board, they can find it difficult to do that accurately.
  • Confusing between left and right.
  • Mixing up letters while spelling out loud.
  • Not able to keep their eyes on the right line.
  • Finding it difficult to translate their thoughts into words.

Diagnosing Dyslexia

As a parent, you may want to take your kid to a doctor and get their vision and hearing checked up in the first place. There can be other forms of illness that can sever the reading and writing problems and may just not be dyslexia.

You can also consult a psychologist who will be able to tell you how well is your kid and learning and witting things. Having issues with learning is not necessarily dyslexia if someone is genetically predisposed with slower learning ability. While other may learn things very effectively but find it difficult to read— this can possibly be dyslexia.

 Get help at school for your kid

If you kid is diagnosed with dyslexia, there are a few things that you, as a parent, can do to make sure that your kids are not left out on their own, getting bullied or harassed at school. There are special programs that you can work on with the school teachers to enhance the learning and writing skills of your kids like:

  • If your kid is having issues reading things off the board, then the teacher can write those instructions down on a piece of paper.
  • Dyslexic kids can be provided added time for their tests.
  • They can do most of their work and tests on a computer as they may find it difficult to write down effectively.
  • Your teacher might come up with many other ideas like taking orals test when possible.

It’s possible that it may be years before you can find out about Dyslexia in your kids. Early diagnosis is possible if you are aware of your kids writing and reading abilities. You can make sure that your kid is not facing psychological problems as a consequence. You can use a monitoring tool to assure that they are in a positive state of mind by reading their casual conversations with friends over WhatsApp, Facebook etc.


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