Dyslexia

What is dyslexia? 

Dyslexia is a disorder which is characterised by a persistent problem with learning and/or accurately applying writing, reading and spelling. Dyslexia is not a result of low intelligence. It has an hereditary aspect and does not affect everyone in the same way.  Dyslexia will not pass, it is a lifelong condition. It is the most common disability among the students of a higher education.

Characteristics

  • Automation problems
  • The problem is persistent
  • Despite extra help the problem will not go away
  • The level of restrictions varies. Not only will students with dyslexia require extra time, but also require more energy for studying literature and taking notes, writing assignments and thesis.
  • People with dyslexia are often creative, graphic or logical thinkers.
  • Having encountered negative experiences in education, a person with dyslexia often has a fear of failure or has a lack of self-confidence.

Possible obstacles 

  • Difficulties with reading and spelling
  • Jargon and certain terminology take longer to learn and are often misspelled.
  • Extra time is required for assessments and examinations.
  • Written presentations are often of poorer quality than expected, owing to performances and efforts in projects and in the class (spelling mistakes, muddled structure, incorrect context)
  • Difficulty in writing in a foreign language
  • Difficulty in combining tasks (listening and taking notes)
  • Concentration problems, with reading and writing in particular
  • Problems with planning and organising
  • Difficulty in performing under pressure
  • Lack of self-confidence and fear of failure
  • Poor co-ordination, difficult and poor handwriting

 

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