Dyslexia

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There is often a child in a class that cannot read, spell, speak, or do math as well as they should for their age level. He or she grows up thinking they are stupid, or are going to be unsuccessful in life because they are not “smart” like their classmates. He or she is not stupid, they are usually incredibly smart, and are possibly just dealing with dyslexia. Dyslexia is a type of learning difference that can affect a person’s ability to read, write, speak, and do math. Dyslexia is very common, with one out of every five U.S. school children suffering from dyslexia. Dyslexic children often discover that their parents or a close relative also have some form of learning disability, supporting the idea that dyslexia is hereditary. Dyslexia is…show more content…
This means that if a parent has dyslexia, their children will have a greater chance of having the disorder as well. The same essay states that current studies suggest that 15-20% of the U.S. population has a reading disability, and of those 85% have dyslexia. Most of this data is obtained once a child has entered school and reached the age of 9, where reading becomes more vigorous. Most children with dyslexia can learn methods to assist them with their disability and read more fluently, but only if the learning disability is identified, recognized, and treated accurately. Even though dyslexia is a common disorder, obtaining a diagnosis can be difficult because schools are reluctant to spend the money or resources needed to test their…show more content…
Due to phonemic awareness, which is concerning or involving the discrimination of distinctive speech elements of a language, speaking and spelling words is difficult at times. This can cause dyslexic children to have a hard time in social situations. According to Artemisa Shehu, Eralda Zhilla, and Eglantina Dervishi in their essay “the impact of the quality of social relationships on self-esteem of children with dyslexia”, about 5% of primary school children in the U.S. have communication problems and 3.8% of children aged 8-11 have a phonological problem. At around this age, kids become more self-conscious about what they do or how they look. If a child cannot read or speak very well and gets picked on about it, their self-esteem is harmed. This is challenging, because if a child is not helped, they will think the dyslexia is their fault. In the same essay it states, “Dyslexia is a problem that makes the child feel ashamed, because they cannot perform the task properly and it makes the child feel incompetent in the eyes of parents, feel lazy in front of teachers, feel stupid in the eyes of friends, and guilty at the sight of them” (Shehu, Zhilla, and Dervishi). These children with learning disabilities usually get named as “special” children with “special” needs. A young child trying to fit in with their peers finds it very difficult when they are constantly thought of as

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