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Dyslexia Reading Comprehension

Kevin Said:

Do you ever feel like you have dyslexia?

We Answered:

No, but as I age I misread more frequently, often missing the positive or negataive indicator, which really ruins things. Remember you can always slow down, there's usually no big hurry.

Margaret Said:

My 9 yo girl can't spell, but 90th percentile on reading comprehension. Dyslexia?

We Answered:

If it isn't just a matter of practice and paying attention, then it could be something more:

Possibly dysgraphia? Although it is more associated with more handwriting problems one sympton is described as spelling errors specifically multiple spellings of the same word.…

Most people have never heard of dysgraphia, the only reason I know about it is because I had a friend in high school who had it. He could completely solve, correctly, a redox reaction in his head, but couldn't for the life of him write out the answer. (While it took me two whole sheets of paper to work it out.)

Part of the problem I think is that in some cases dysgraphia is dismissed as just messy handwriting or laziness.

I also found something online about "specific spelling disability" but is is disputed whether it is an viable diagnosis or not. Google it to learn more.

Tara Said:

Difference between dyslexia and specific LD?

We Answered:

Dyslexia is a basket term for disabilities that relate to reading. You do have some of these, but the term SLD is much better for understanding what exactly is going on with you.

I am going to provide you with a list of disabilities that you may have. I put a star beside the ones I think are most likely for you, given your description.

A learning disability is a neurological disorder. The person's brain is wired differently and though he or she may be as smart as anyone else, they have trouble with reading, writing, organizing and remembering. Some of the recognized learning disabilities that affect reading (and other things) are deficits in the following:

Auditory Sequencing - Confusion with number sequences, lists or lists of directions. Hearing ninety-four instead of forty-nine.

*Auditory Memory - Difficulty remembering what was heard, difficulty remembering important items from a lecture. Spells poorly.

*Visual Sequencing - Problems in using a separate answer sheet. Loses place easily. Problems with reading. Reversing or misreading numbers of letters. Reading words incorrectly. Difficulty with equations.

*Visual Memory - Difficulty remembering what was seen. Reading comprehension. Difficulty with math equations. Poor recall of information.

*Visual Motor Integration - Mechanical problems in test taking. Difficulty copying from board or book. Spaces poorly. Poor written work. Unorganized.

Non-verbal learning disability is a neurological disorder which originates in the right hemisphere of the brain, causing problems with visual-spatial perception, intuitive, organizational, evaluative and holistic processing functions.

Auditory Figure Ground - Trouble hearing sounds over background noises.

Visual Figure Ground - Trouble seeing an image within competing background. Picking one line of print from another while reading.

Visual Discrimination - Seeing the difference between two similar objects

Spatial Orientation - Loses materials. Late to class. Difficulty with oral reading. Unorganized homework. Difficulty judging time.

*Expressive Language - Difficulty expressing themselves. Difficulty with accessing stored information and turning it into language.

Receptive Language - Appears to be "not listening". Does not respond promptly to cues. Does not understand long sentences or 3 step directions.

The best way for you to find out which of these are causing you difficulty is to ask your special ed teacher if the school psychologist can review your psychological testing with you. This report identifies all of your learning disabilities. If they refuse your request, have one of your parent's request a meeting with the school psych to review testing and then go to that meeting. At your age they can't really deny you access.

It sounds to me like you are quite smart. For you, the value in understanding your specific learning disabilities is so that you can develop ways to get around them. For instance, if you have an auditory memory issue, then getting the teacher to give you an outline of what is being said would be helpful.

Angel Said:

Is there different degrees of dyslexia?

We Answered:

There are many different degrees of dyslexia and the problems you outline do suggest you may be dyslexic. Being dyslexic has nothing to do with intelligence, most are above average and some of the greatest minds have been dyslexics.

Do you have a learning support department at your college, if so do go and talk to them about the problems you are having. If not talk to one of the teachers who you get on well with.

Most educational establishments offer tests and will have ways to help you if you are having problems, you will just need to ask.

Good luck.

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