Imagine if you had trouble reading this article. More specifically- if your brain had difficulties processing the words you are reading on this page. It might take you a few minutes just to get through this paragraph.

For those with dyslexia, reading and spelling out words can be a challenge, and reading time and comprehension takes a lot more effort. Dyslexia doesn’t mean a person sees words in a reverse order, in fact the problem is not with the eyes itself- but the brain’s processing of it. It can even be genetic- if you have family members with dyslexia, you have a higher risk of having it yourself.

Diagnoses often starts in a person’s school years. Teachers and students may notice certain clues that indicate the possibility of a dyslexic child. A person with dyslexia may find their years in school and studying difficult, but it does not lessen the student’s intelligence. With the right help and support, a child can get evaluated and start taking steps to work with their dyslexia.

Dyscalculia is a disorder, similar in its characteristics of dyslexia, but with numbers and mathematics. This disorder can also overlap with symptoms of dyslexia, and many people have a combination of both.

Though there’s no cure, continuous practice in special reading methods can improve it. Reading phonetically- breaking down the words by separating its letters and sounds. Making adjustments to accommodate those with dyslexia, like extra time on exams, or software that is designed to speak written words, can help improve the struggle this causes them daily.

We often overlook reading as such an integral part of human society but know that not everyone can do it with such ease. If you know someone with dyslexia or dyscalculia, don’t be afraid to help them out if they ask for it. As always, we can find ways to help each other succeed our areas of struggle by working together.

Thank you for reading.
Lamia Islam

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