Diseases resulting from a defect in the brain are often under diagnosed or unknown. Dyslexia in particular is a disorder that hinders an individual’s ability to become an effective student and perform well in life. By understanding how the dyslexic student sees the world, teachers can learn how to better recognize the disorder and respond to the needs of those students suffering from such a crippling learning disability. Of course, understanding the disorder starts with a look through the eyes of a dyslexic individual.
Dyslexia is a broad diagnosis applied to those who have trouble interpreting the meaning of words and numbers yet lack signs of other disorders. The prevailing cognitive tendencies suggest dyslexia is the result of an inability to breakup a piece of information into manageable components in order to connect symbols to their meanings. For example, a dyslexic individual may look at a word and understand each letter or piece of the word, but be unable to connect the sounds of the letters and syllables together. In more severe cases, such an individual may also fail to recognize how the words join to form phrases with specific meanings.
The nature of dyslexia means those with the disorder require a great deal of personal attention from educators while they must spend hours mastering even basic comprehension skills. The problem is not a lack of intelligence, but rather, an ability to perceive how to figure out the sounds of a word or piece together the sum of two values. Like a foreign diplomat in need of translators, dyslexic individuals can only comprehend their school work as fast as their translation aides, which they must also struggle to learn, allow them to absorb new information.
Although some dyslexic individuals may never overcome their limitations, many others can benefit greatly from intensify training. The fact remains, however, that dyslexia can only be addressed by commitment and hard work. These students need both more time and the help of others, so they can cope with their disorder by building the skills and learning techniques necessary to learn in the future. As a result, tutors, parents, and teachers must always remember these students cannot learn certain concepts quickly, thus patience is pivotal.
Dyslexia is an extremely frustrating disease for educators and parents, because the students are smart, but appear lazy. Of course, it is important to always remember the disorder is by far more aggravating for the dyslexic student who must bare the burden of these limitations. Dyslexia is a daunting hurdle and there is no shortcut to overcoming such an imposing boundary at this time. These students need help, so they can believe it is possible for them to succeed with the skills to overcome their disorder. Although these students may easily grow discouraged, the support of others will eventually help them succeed in school and life.