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Introduction AAbout five to six percent of American public school children have been diagnosed with a learning disability eighty percent of the diagnoses are dyslexia-related But some studies indicate that up to twenty percent of the population may have some degree of dyslexia 1Dyslexia what is it 2Causes and Symptoms 3Treatment IIFirst Main Point A Dyslexia is defined as a learning disability marked by impairment of the ability to read In essence it is a disability in which people jumble letters for example confusing God with dog or box with pox 1 Most people think dyslexia is a condition that involves reading from right to left and reversing words and letters While some people with dyslexia do have these problems they are not the most common or most important characteristics of dyslexia Experts say dyslexia has little to do with recognizing the visual form of words rather the brains of people with dyslexia are wired differently making it difficult for them to break the letters of written words into the distinct sounds or phonemes of their language a capability called phonologic awareness 2Dyslexia often comes with one or more other learning problems as well including trouble with math auditory processing organizational skills and memory In addition to these problems dyslexics also have trouble with sequencing poor memory they may be a quick learner but also a quick forgetter 3Dyslexia can occur at any age Scientist have done studies were many kids have the disorder at one point in life and then several years later they seem to not have any problems at all or vise versa IIISecond Main Point 1Tends to run in families 2Researchers have identified the genes that may be responsible for the condition 3Scientists have found specific brain malfunctions involved in dyslexia Brain images show that dyslexia results from certain structural differences in the brain particularly in the left hemisphere Brains of people with dyslexia show very little activity in areas known
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