What is dyslexia, what is the meaning of dyslexia?
Dyslexia has nothing to do with intelligence, ability or skill.
It has nothing to do with academic ability, or creativity, or potential to excel. Dyslexia inhibits both children and adult learners to encode and decode words, to interpret words, as well as inhibiting reading and writing. Dyslexia varies hugely– some people have a mild version, where sometimes words or letters are replaced and reading is weak. Others have severe versions, where learners struggle with completed polysyllabic words, and really struggle to write. This can also be combined with motor control.
For example, this paragraph took me four versions to write, and I had to get help to spell most of the words.
Often, as Pink
Floode Floyde Fliode (lord, help me!) Floyd said, dyslexics are not “lost for words”. They are very articulate, funny, and interactive. Dyslexics often are highly sociable and the life of the party, they’re bright! It’s the words, those damn words that inhibit a dyslexic, writing or typing words into a coherent sentence.
A sentence that makes any sense is as easy for a dyslexic to do, as it is for Vanilla Ice to have a second hit single. Impossible. I’m not one for inspirational quotes, but I loved A.A Gill and his book Pour Me. Gill was super dyslexic, and to make things even more complicated, he was a raving alcoholic for 20 years. Those two don’t mix. But look where he got to– one of the most acclaimed writers of all time, a giant of a writer, especially in The Times. He led the way, and he could hardly spell a single word. He used a dictaphone for everything, never wrote a thing down, spoke it, softly and eloquently, and exactly. There is hope, don’t forget that. You just need to find a way.
So, is there a test for Dyslexia? Do I have Dyslexia?
There are a number of tests for dyslexia, but you’ll need to tread careful here. Dyslexia is, well, to put this nicely, the most over-subscribed, over-run, irrational and illogical explanation of a learning difficulty in the history of all humanity. I’m known for exaggerating, but that’s not far off.
The number of cases of dyslexia in the UK alone have risen over the years. It’s estimated that 1 in 10 people have dyslexia, that is around 6.5 million people! I haven’t compared that number to any other disorders or illnesses, but I reckon it’s right up there! How can 6.5 million people be diagnosed (or not diagnosed) with dyslexia, with a special educational need? That is way too many. There needs to be further categories of dyslexia, say another five categories. That would allow us (educators, tutors, teachers) to understand who needs a tutor, some part-time tutoring and academic support, compared to someone who needs, almost, full-time education support.
So yes, you can get a basic test by a psychologist. We do them, it’s called an academic assessment, followed up by an lengthy report and advice and support with costs starting from £250. Alternatively, you can, right at the other end of the scale, get an Educational Psychologist report completed. These are far more in-depth and give more valuable feedback, you should hunt around, but usually they cost £500-1,000. Any questions regarding this, just contact us or read more here.
How do I find a dyslexia tutor who can help me?
There are so many great dyslexia tutors out there. Some highly trained, some less so, but a few hours per week of support can be invaluable. The thing with dyslexia is that children, adults and students are all capable– they can achieve, they can do well, but they lack confidence with books, text, reading, writing and spelling.
With everything, like riding a bike, it’s not a quick fix, you need to look at it long-term. You’ll struggle, but that’s fine. With the right support you’ll flourish, grow and most of all, gain confidence.
Don’t lose confidence, ever. 6.5 million other people are struggling on a daily basis, but they are surviving.
I’m dyslexic, like really dyslexic, and it doesn’t affect me. Well, this article took me 5 days, all my hair fell out, and I screamed a few times, but I didn’t turn into Martin Shrkeli, so it’s not that bad. Don’t give up, and if you’re about to, get support, get a tutor, ask questions. Good luck. Dyslexia is a gift not a hindrance.
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