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Journee Des DYS - Understand and Support People with DYS

What You Need to Know About ADHD, Dyslexia, and Dyspraxia

What You Need to Know About ADHD, Dyslexia, and Dyspraxia

Dyslexia, and Dyspraxia
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There are several terms used to define dyslexia in adults, and many misconceptions have also developed among the society about its effects. There are two major misconceptions about dyslexia among people which are 1) the inability to read and 2) poor motor coordination, which is both not true. According to the doctors, the adults suffering from dyslexia have improved their motor skills over time and are pretty competent in reading skills as well. The real difficulties faced by people are in structuring the information, time-keeping, and socializing.

Many of the patients suffering from dyslexia are super intelligent and wise. The real problem is that differentiating them from the normal group adds more stress to their brains which makes them more depressed and underconfident. The patients suffering from ADHD or dyslexia have been noted to have low self-esteem, the feeling of embarrassment, inability to focus, memory lapses, going blank during a conversation, and difficulty in relating to others. This is a problem only if they were identified as dyslexic for their abilities. It does not make much of a difference until someone points it out to them. If they take time to study, take it as a normal thing which will help them feel less stressed for their condition.

The problem with visuals

There are two visual problems that people suffering from dyslexia can face. These problems cannot be determined by routine eye tests. One problem is visual stress, which causes difficulty in reading words due to seeing the visuals shifting and the second problem is the binocular problems. It causes the patients loss of sight resulting in skipping the lines and misreading words. So the difficulty in reading is generally a vision defect and should not be taken as a health issue. If someone experiences such problems, they should be referred to the optometrist who diagnoses vision and learning problems.

How to help?

The schools require a specialist who can talk to the patients. A patient tutor who can manage the classes for the students separately. The tutor should be able to help the students in telling them how they can cope up with their condition instead of stressing over it and lose focus from other things in life. The students can be asked to be artistic, writing essays, reading books, and making notes for what they hear. All of these exercises will keep their minds busy and more relaxed. For adults, the strategies would change a little bit. If a person with dyslexia has a job, they should be given ideas and strategies to become more efficient in what they do and overcome their hurdles. Their problems at work should be taken under notice and solutions should be provided as soon as possible. These exercises will make them more confident and feel less inferior to others.

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