Dyslexia is a specific type of learning disorder that negatively impacts someone’s ability to not only read but also spell, write and, in certain situations, speak. It could also manifest as a learning disability
It is characterized by someone with difficulty both reading and interpreting words, letters and other types of symbols. When viewing text on a piece of paper, a person with dyslexia may reverse the order of numbers or letters, for example. They could do this without even realizing it.
Dyslexia does not, however, impact someone’s general intelligence.
While all people with dyslexia generally experience similar signs and symptoms, the challenges they face will likely be unique to the situation they are trying to navigate.
Children with dyslexia will likely find it hard to learn the rules to games, for example. They often take longer than others to learn how to tell time, and it is likely that they will have difficulty when trying to keep track of directions that include more than one step.
In a professional environment, those with dyslexia will likely have a hard time reading and comprehending the types of text-heavy emails and documents that are commonly sent around the office. This is particularly challenging for lawyers who deal with reams of legal briefs and other complex documents on a daily basis.
Someone like a writer will not only take longer to generate content, but they will also be prone to spelling mistakes and will have a hard time reading and editing that which they have already written.
Many of the other challenges of dyslexia extend beyond those that are physical in nature and move into a more emotional realm. These include but are certainly not limited to ones like:
Independence. Oftentimes people with dyslexia need a fairly significant amount of assistance to complete certain tasks like reading or writing – both from technology and from those around them. This can lead to an impending sense of frustration as these people naturally and understandably struggle with the idea that they need some form of help to complete tasks that most people can do on their own.
Productiveness. As stated, dyslexia can significantly hamper someone’s productivity – particularly when it comes to reading and writing. Younger children will have a hard time learning directions and, as a result, will grow bored faster. Students and professionals will require longer periods of time that someone without dyslexia can complete much faster, causing them to get fewer things done in the same amount of time.
Empowerment. Again, it’s difficult to feel empowered when you need a constant level of assistance performing even basic tasks. This is true through the fault of nobody and is a perfectly understandable position – however, that doesn’t make it any easier to deal with on behalf of the person with dyslexia.