Dyslexic: Child care and learning development

The film ‘Taare Zameen Par’ has sure created a lot of awareness about the problem of dyslexia. However, here is some recap and more information regarding dyslexia.

Dyslexia refers to learning problems. They are of different types. The disorder is either inborn or acquired later on. You can imagine dyslexic kids like a closed box which has a lot of things kept inside but he is unable to express it and unable to comprehend the world outside him.

Dyslexic kids face problems in writing, reading, games, spelling and numbers. The neurological condition makes it difficult for the child to acquire language skills. These kids may have good oral skills which makes it difficult for parents to identify the problem of dyslexia.

Dyslexia is not related to home environment or the intellect. Usually, dyslexics have average to above average IQ. Some of the other known causes are oxygen deprivation or head injuries during birth. Certain medications may also lead to dyslexia. Brains of dyslexics are structurally different from brains of others usual human beings. The information processing system also follows a different system.

Dyslexic kids cannot differentiate between letters such as ‘b’ and‘d’, ‘p’ and ‘q’. They have problems in differentiating between similar sounding words. A lack of strong preference for either right-handedness or left-handedness is also seen in these kids.

During early years, these children are very slow in picking up their learning. Later, in school years, they have difficulty in reading and spelling. These children often face low self esteem. They tend to get nervous, anxious, frightful or aggressive at times. There are many counseling centers that help dyslexic children.

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