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Dyslexia is a type of learning disability that has a huge impact on a child's educational experience. For a long time, teachers and doctors misunderstood dyslexia. Students who suffered from this problem felt inadequate, even stupid. In reality, dyslexics are not less intelligent that other people. The problem they have is with written language. Their special trait is that they do not SEE written words in the same way others do.
American society relies on reading and writing. Educators know that English is a difficult language to learn because the letters may stand for different sounds in different words. Interestingly, dyslexia does not exist in China or Japan, where the writing is pictures that represent words, instead of letters that represent sounds.
Dyslexic children face many problems in school that grow out of their different learning style. Because they cannot see writing the way others do, they feel as though they are separate. Teachers cannot see the writing for the dyslexic child; instead, they must find methods to help the dyslexic figure out what he or she is seeing.
Learning to read and write is important for several reasons. There is much information that everyone must be able to interpret in order to function in our complex society. One must be able to read to obtain a driver's license, fill out a job application and sign their name to a lease or any number of simple daily tasks. Furthermore, job success is dependent on educational training, and reading and writing form the basis of most of what happens in school.
Because dyslexics are of normal intelligence, people assume that they can handle simple tasks. Without special help, however, they may never learn to read, and people may assume they are lazy, faking or rebellious. Some very famous and brilliant people may have suffered from dyslexia. Albert Einstein, Thomas Jefferson, Leonardo DaVinci and both John and Robert Kennedy may have had this disorder.
The frustration that a dyslexic child experiences in school can have a tremendous impact on the rest or his or her life. Research has discovered valuable information about this learning problem. With the proper support systems, good teaching and careful problem identification, dyslexic children need not suffer from the school experience. Today, dyslexics may enter any professional field to which they are suited, once they have mastered the necessary skills or reading and writing.
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