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Dyslexia is a disorder in which a person with normal vision has difficulty understanding written language The cause of dyslexia is not known When a child of average or higher intelligence is two or more years behind grade level in reading but has normal or better achievement in other subjects Reading difficulty was the first form of specific learning difficulty Dr Kussmaul a German physician in 1878 described a man who was unable to learn to read He was of normal intelligence and had a perfect education Dr Kussmaul called this problem reading blindness Nine years later another German doctor Dr Berlin created the term dyslexia Dyslexia comes from the Greek meaning difficulty with words The areas of learning most commonly involved in learning difficulty are reading language attention and motor coordinations Boys are approximately three times more likely to be affected by any form of specific learning difficulty It is thought that this is due to certain genes in the X-chromosome If after the first year or two of school a child is still struggling with school work this could be a sign of a learning difficulty like dyslexia How a diagnostic assessment is carried out- collection of information a bout the child- examination testing of the child- explanation of the findings to the parents- recommendation of an appropriate management plan Eldon M Braun Ronald D Davis 1994There are more than 200 English words that cause problems for most dyslexics Many of the words dyslexics have trouble with are small words like the or and etc What happens with dyslexics is that they try to picture every word they are reading For example the child reads a sentence that says The brown horse jumped over the stone fence and ran through the pasture The child reads the and does not get a clear image then goes on
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