Dyslexia is a condition that is often misunderstood. People who suffer from dyslexia are not less intelligent that their peers, but they may struggle to achieve the same success or reach the same milestones due to their disorder. Dyslexia occurs when the brain struggles to learn sounds and process written words on the page. Research has debunked the theory that dyslexia cause patients to read reversed letters or write backwards, and instead has shown that it is a reading disorder that affects many aspects of learning. Dyslexia can be accommodated for in the classroom if it is identified correctly, so it is important to know the signs and symptoms.
Parents or teachers of students with dyslexia may notice that they frequently mispronounce words, even if they are words the child has heard before. They often frequently use incorrect or reversed sounds, such as reversing the first syllable of a two-word phrase. As a result, students may not be able to fill in the blanks of rhymes or poems, because they are unable to correctly pronounce the rhyming word in their head. This doesn't mean that they don't know or understand the word, however. Students with dyslexia may need to be prodded to correctly pronounce a word, even if they use it regularly.
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