What do Danish author Hans Christian Anderson, chef and television host Jamie Oliver have in common… Dyslexia! Many famous and successful people have gone public in recent times about their own learning problems and indeed many claim to have “dyslexia”.
Dyslexia as a language-based learning disability characterised by difficulties in single word decoding linked to phonological or auditory processing problems. In addition to reading problems, dyslexia can also involve difficulty with writing and spelling.
Yet dyslexia should not be seen as a disability rather, it should be viewed as a different learning ability. Dyslexia only becomes a disability when the condition goes unrecognised and inappropriate teaching methods result in the child’s failure to gain competency in literacy and numeracy.
So what causes dyslexia….
Reading and writing involves more than just the language areas of the brain. Dyslexia takes many different forms and it’s aetilology (cause) is just as confounding. The visual cortex feeds information in from the page and the motor cortex is required to activate the muscles for writing. Information must flow freely between the areas concerned or else a form of dyslexia may result.
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