By: Paul Domingo
What is Dyslexia?
- Above are few variations of the word "teapot" written by dyslexics.
What are the Symptoms of Dyslexia?
- the individual appears highly intelligent, bright, and articulate although they are not able to read, write, or spell at grade level
- identified as lazy, immature, careless, dumb, has behavior issues, and has the attitude of not trying hard enough
- High in HQ, yet may not test well academically; tests well orally, but not written
- feels dumb; has low self esteem; covers up or hides weaknesses with ingenious compensatory strategies; easily frustrated and emotional about school reading or testing
- talented in art, drama, music, sports, story-telling, sales, business, mechanics, designing, building, or engineering
How is Dyslexia Diagnosed?
Treatments for Dyslexia
How is Dyslexia Inherited?
What is the Patient's Lifespan?
Dyslexia does not affect the patient's lifespan, in terms of living a shorter life. Only if it prevents you from reading a street sign in time, leading to a car accident-- ie, highly unlikely. Most dyslexics have learned to accommodate the problem by the time they reach driving age, and a street sign is not a high level of difficulty compared to the rest of their lives.
Dyslexia is a learning disability marked by difficulty in learning new words, reading, writing organization, and drawing. It is also linked to ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). None of these symptoms are fatal at all.
Recent/Current Researches for Dyslexia
One example is the research that is being conducted in the genetics of dyslexia and language disability. Having identified years ago that dyslexia seems to run in families, there was strong supposition that there was a genetic component to it. Researchers have been exploring candidate susceptibility genes for dyslexia and speech-language impairment, and recently identified chromosomes 3, 6, and 15 as potentially related to dyslexia and language impairment. This is just the tip of the iceberg in this line of inquiry.
- Dyslexia can be identified for people at a young age.
Genetic Screening Test for Dyslexics
Genetic screen testing for dyslexia should be available within a year or less. The test associates a simple cheek swab. Pediatricians will then be able to correctly identify kids with dyslexia at birth. Early intervention can eliminate or decrease the severity of dyslexia before children reach the age when formal reading instruction usually takes place. It is very rare to find dyslexic adults.
- Genetic screen testings on the cheek would look like these: