As the condition is not fully understood it’s important to keep any definition of dyslexia simple and to the point.
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I’m going to show you a couple of definitions for you to compare. I’ve also bullet pointed some useful ideas for you to bear in mind. These will help you to look at your dyslexia in a positive and constructive way.
Click the link to find out the most important thing to remember about dyslexia. Dyslexia. Smythe I. School of Education, University of Wales, Newport.
What does dyslexia mean?
Dyslexia is a Greek word that literally means difficulty with words.
The classically flawed definition:
"Dyslexia occurs when people of high or moderate I.Q. are unable to develop literacy skills that reflect their intelligence".
This definition is flawed because relating dyslexia to IQ level is problematic. You don’t need a high or even average IQ to learn to read. Actually, some people with low IQ’s can read very well (see evidence).
The problem with IQ tests:
Another problem is there is still a lot of contention over whether IQ tests actually measure intelligence. The main argument is that we don’t fully understand what makes a person intelligent. To attempt to measure what is not fully understood would seem to be a bit dumb.
The Scientific Definition:
Scientifically dyslexia is considered: a literacy specific problem regardless of:
Basically dyslexia is when a person has literacy development problems with no clear reason why, WELL OBVIOUSLY (see evidence).
Yeah but what causes it:
The scientific definition of dyslexia keeps it nice and simple. If, however you want to get into the much more complicated argument of what causes dyslexia then I have a whole section for you to get stuck into. Click here for causes of dyslexia.
Main facts to always remember:
Here is a rundown of what we can really say is fact.
To sum it up then, a very straight forward definition of dyslexia is when a person has difficulty learning to read and write. I’m sorry if this seems like an overly simplistic way to put it, but it pays to keep it simple. However do you really need a great lengthy definition of dyslexia? All you need to know is how dyslexia affects you negatively and how you can beat it.
75% of kids with apraxia also have dyslexia, learn more: Apraxia Explained.