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28 October 2013

Really? Are you sure you’re not Dyslexic? Symptoms of Dyslexia

Symptom is a sign of existence of disability or disease. It can be physical or mental. The symptoms of dyslexia various in each individual, it may be noted that people with dyslexia usually have intelligence or even high IQ. People with dyslexia may have difficulty in speaking and listening as they incur difficulty in pronouncing word – more particularly words with more than one syllable.


It may prove difficult for a person with dyslexia to repeat or even get the meaning of spoken phrases. Another symptom can be problems or the inability in expressive language and this might lead the victim dyslexic person to reverse parts of words or even the whole word when reading them aloud, for instance the word ‘alive’ might be read as ‘ailve’.

Mirror writing can be one of the symptoms – a dyslexic person may completely reverse the letters of the words. People with dyslexia mighty problem with following simple instructions and this is usually mistaken for stubbornness in their part. Dyslexic people may have difficulty in grasping the main or important points from a read comprehensive. Dyslexics usually encounter problems with metaphors, rhymes, similes, synonyms and idioms.

7 October 2013

Is Dyslexia ‘Racial’?

Dyslexia affects people of all races. Being dyslexic does not mean one lacks in intelligence department and therefore should not be confused with reading retardation which may results from mental retardation. The effects of dyslexia differ from one person to another but the fact is, people with this disability are able to read at level considerable lower than the average person in their age group for example a 16 year-old suffering from dyslexia may have reading level of a 10 year-old.

Studies have indicated that most children with learning disabilities have dyslexia and it is more common in boys than girls.

5 October 2013

Famous People with Dyslexia

Having dyslexia does not condemn one to life of misfortune. Many of the most celebrated and talented people have had dyslexia or had attributes associated with dyslexia. Below are but a few of these gifted individuals who had dyslexia learning mannerisms:

Actors & Entertainers:
• Orlando Bloom 
• Tom Cruise 
• Whoopi Goldberg 
• Jay Leno 
• Keanu Reeves. 
• Vince Vaughn

Inventors & Scientists:
• Alexander Graham Bell.
• John Britten, Inventor.
• Pierre Curie, Physicist (1903 Nobel Prize).
• Thomas Edison.
• Albert Einstein.
• Carol Greider, Molecular Biologist, awarded 2009 Nobel Prize in Medicine.

Artists, Designers & Architects:
• Leonardo da Vinci - the name rings the bell right?
• Ignacio Gomez - Muralist
• Tommy Hilfiger - Designer
• Ian Marley - South African Contemporary Artist
• Pablo Picasso - No introduction needed
• Jørn Utzon - the guy who designed the Sydney Opera house

Musicians & Vocalists:
• Cher - if you wondering where she is now, she just got married...
• John Lennon 

• Muhammad Ali - World Heavyweight Champion Boxer
• Duncan Goodhew - Olympic Swimmer
• Diamond Dallas Page - World Wrestling Champion
• Nolan Ryan, Baseball Pitcher.
• Jackie Stewart - race car driver

Entrepreneurs & Business Leaders:
• Richard Branson,Founder of Virgin Enterprises.
• John T Chambers,CEO of Cisco Systems.
• Henry Ford - Ford?
• William Hewlett - Co-Founder, Hewlett-Packard (HP brand)
• O.D. McKee - McKee Foods, founder
• David Neeleman -jetBlue Airways, CEO
• Ted Turner - Turner Broadcasting Systems, President
• Robert Woodruff - Coca-Cola, President (1923-1954)
• Frank W. Woolworth

2 October 2013

Overcoming Dyslexia

Many people experience difficulty with reading. Reading has proven to be hard for some people, not because they are lazy or not smart enough. For example, a person can have trouble reading but be good in handiwork. Reading requires the brain to identify patterns of characters and be able to interpret their meaning. This is a simple yet unique process that links the eye (or finger for Braille reading) and the brain but might seem like a complex task for a dyslexic person. This might be because of dyslexia which is basically a learning disability that changes how the brain processes graphic symbol. As much as it might take time for a person with dyslexia to develop good reading skills, it is not all hopeless. Here are few tips to kick-start you to vocabulary:

  • ·         Start small: At this time, put that Stephen King novel you’ve been dying to read - you do not want overwhelm yourself. Find a newspaper article, children’s book (get free books here), or short story to read.

  • ·         Picture makes for Imagination: News articles and children’s’ books normally have pictures to accompany the story. Start by looking at the picture and try and interpret the story behind the picture without reading the words first. This will help in seeding curiosity in your mind to find out the ‘exact’ story as it uses what is called critical thinking.

  • ·         Read + Sound make a Word: Read out loud. At first it might seem awkward and uncomfortable but the more you read sound loud the words the more you hear a recognisable word coming from your mouth.  Try to sound out each letter of the alphabet and letter combination – each letter has its own sound. There are many programs such as Time 4 Learning, Nessy Learning Programme and SEN Teacher that teach reading comprehension, phonics, grammar and punctuation.

  • ·         Simple is the Best: Read the book title, the story heading first as they are usually written in larger print than the content.

  • ·         Slow does it: We do not want you to get frustrated remember? Take your time with each word – don’t rush. Reading quickly or simply put, skim reading (link to Wikipedia) would not help you to understand the content meaning as you more likely to skip some words and up with story that does not make sense and this on its own is a recipe for frustrated mind. Rather savour each word as you read it, leave the Marathon to Wilson Kipsang (Current Marathon world record holder) – it does not matter how long it takes, what matters is how much you understand from the content.

  • ·         The silent yet ‘vocabularious’ (seriously this word doesn’t exists in the dictionary so stop scratching your lovely head) companion: Use the dictionary to check for meaning of words you don’t understand.

  • ·         Word Meaning: Sometimes words or phrases can be difficult to understand so rather use the dictionary or Word programs such as Microsoft Word to check for the other available word or phrase. This word or phrase is called synonym, it shares the same meaning as the other word/phrase e.g.  shut is the synonym of close.

  • ·         Reread: If the word seems to difficult or after finishing a sentence you still don’t grasp the meaning of its content, read the word or sentence again until you can manage to read it without stuttering or better you get its meaning.

  • ·         Jiggle words: If you keep skipping words or lines then it’s better to use your finger as a pointer so your eyes can focus on the line you are reading.

  • ·         Double Meaning: Some words may be written the same but with different meaning. This will require you to use context clue – figuring out the meaning of a word looking at how the word was used in a sentence. E.g. 1. They were accommodated by our neighbour in her vacant backroom.  2. She accommodated his rude behaviour for the sake of peace  In the first sentence the word accommodated means to provide lodge or room whilst in the second sentence it means to compromise one’s position or feelings or well-being.

  • ·          Read and read and read some more: Now that we have finished reading our article/book, take another article/book and read. Remember practice makes perfect. Once you are able to read a whole sentence without difficult you can move to the next level this include high school novella (short novel or narrative story) and before you know it you’ll be reading your Stephen King and there will be no stopping you.


  • If you get tired whilst reading, take a break then come back when you feel relaxed.

  • Look for a quiet place with less or better yet no distraction; a good candidate will be a school or public library.

  • Remember; reading is meant to be fun so have as much fun as you can.

  • Never ever be embarrassed to ask for help from a caring relative or your local librarian.
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