The effect of dyslexia on words

Letters are the most ubiquitous symbols around us. When we learn to read, we train our brains to transform these symbols into sounds and meanings. However, doctors estimate that at least 10% of the population has dyslexia. The term “dyslexia” was invented in 1887 by the German ophthalmologist Rudolf Berlin. It comes from the Greek roots dys meaning difficult and lexia meaning reading. (It is likely that the symptoms were not identified until then because before that era, the general population did not read. Rather, only the educated few could read. As more and more people became literate, the brain abnormality underlying dyslexia was discovered.)

People with dyslexia do not recognize and process certain symbols, like letters, but it has nothing to do with understanding complex ideas. As Dr. Sally Shaywitz, a director of the Center for Dyslexia and Creativity at Yale University, put it, students with dyslexia struggle with word retrieval, not with knowledge retention.

Many famous writers – from F. Scott Fitzgerald to W. B. Yeats – had dyslexia. Today, celebrities, including Tom Cruise and Kiera Knightly, have also been open about the challenges they faced learning to read. Recently in the New York Times, poet and dyslexic Phillip Schultz discussed his early troubles with words. He did not learn to read until he was 11, but his difficulty gave him the gift of appreciation. He says, “I didn’t know that I was to become a poet, that in many ways the very thing that caused me so much confusion and frustration, my belabored relationship with words, had created in me a deep appreciation of language and its music.”

Have you ever struggled to read or comprehend words?


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  2. Emarree Tibbs -  May 15, 2013 - 12:23 pm

    Does dyslexia have to do with the damage of the ears, brain or both?
    Does dyslexia shorten your life spand?
    What are the benifits to have dyslexia?
    Can you avoid dyslexia from happening?
    Will dyslexia affect you later in life?
    What can happen if they dont recieve assistance for dyslexia?
    Does dyslexia affect how you develop?
    Is dyslexia contagoes?

  3. daniel -  January 5, 2013 - 6:01 pm

    and you see I have just done exactly what i was describing. I miss read the sentence , some times it changes words sometimes my head removes words lol

    • RedLeafRenegade -  October 20, 2015 - 10:39 am

      This article is a homage to the Percy JAckson series

      Lets hope that if your dyslexic you are a demigod

  4. daniel -  January 5, 2013 - 5:56 pm

    bearing in mind that this dyslexia does not effect ones intelligence . I have a 2 degrees and working on getting an masters then one day a phd. it used to hold me back at school its just the question of find your way around it , its different for everyone quite simply because no one brain is the same

  5. daniel -  January 5, 2013 - 5:51 pm

    wo wo wo wo wait . dyslexia was invented???? wow who ever invented that is a real ****. you mean discovered just as newton did not invent gravity. I suffer from dyslexia my self it has not really effected my life much , but does make me triple check when i am writing an essay. the problem is not my spelling or my ability to read, some times i am reading a sentence and on first glace i see different words and if I look again I see it correctly for example : I walked to the shop to buy three items all of them the same :
    I went to the shop to get three items each one the same .
    I have read that there is a particular name for this but I can not recall the spelling. it is always small changes in words but on first glace in can change the meaning to what i am reading. I have learnt that this happens mostly on a laptop. maybe its to do with the fact when you read somthing on a computer you are not actually reading a physical thing , you are reading formations in light.

    • TB -  December 4, 2016 - 8:01 am

      The article states that the term dyslexia was invented in 1887 therefore it is correct. People do not ‘discover’ a name for something they create it.

  6. SHayes -  October 29, 2012 - 11:42 am

    I have a lot of friends and a few family members that are/were dyslexic. I understand their writing perfectly. I don’t judge them because I seen too many ppl laugh or “joke’ about them. My step sis got held back because of it and all the teachers knew she was. Her mom did nothing, so I, one of the oldest sisters stood up. I wont tolerate it from no one.

  7. shawn norman -  September 11, 2012 - 1:16 pm

    I’m dyslexia I will like to talk to you about what it’s like living with dyslexia and how I success through determination and acceptance. My story is like that of many who struggle with a type of learning disability-my own being dyslexia, which often look like a road of pain, shame and guilt. I am an African-American male who has never been to jail, never sold drugs, never drank or smoked, and do not have any illegitimate children. Yet, as a child, I grew up without a father, was abused by my mother and eventually placed in foster care.
    When I was in first grade I never knew I was different from other kids in my class until my mother had me repeat the first grade, but I have found myself returning back to the same class and seeing the same teacher but different students. The reason for repeat the same grade I could not spell my name or say that ABC’s or count to 10. I remember I had to take lot of test and see speech therapy but when I was seeing a speech therapist, I could understand why I would get mad because I felt the therapist was making fun of me. Later after being tested, I was diagnosed with mental retardation and later was placed in a special education classroom from first grade on. I could never understand why other kids kept making fun of me.
    When I moving to a special education classroom, I was wondering what made me so special and why I was in this classroom, I just thought I was a normal kid who wanted to fit in and do well in school and make my mother proud, but for some reason not knowing how to read write, or spell what made me special. So I guess all the kids who could not read, write, or spell and do math went into a special classroom with other special kids with special problems, then began so felt different.
    I remember going to school trying to made friends, but my poor social skills made it difficult for me to make friends and to relate to other kids. I had trouble understand and keeping up with conversation, but understanding body language what made it hard for me to make friends. This is why most kids didn’t want to play with me or they just thought I was different kid, so they called me a slow boy” there goes the special kid or there goes the kid with big lips” and a call me LD. At that time, I didn’t understand what LD stood for. It stood for learning disability. There was a children’s book that inspired me to go after my goals and this book that inspired me was called Dr. Shawn, a guy who dreamed about being a doctor, but with the obstacles standing in front of him and his mother is lack of the funds to send him to college he kept pushing forward. What amazed me about this book he didn’t give up on his dream and remembering what he wanted to be in life. I used to go home crying getting really mad at myself because the way I look and did not fit in, so my earliest school year I were filled with isolation, loneliness and sadness.

    When I went into high school I still was placed in a special education class. I knew that I was going to be talked about but I said I cannot let that stop me from doing what I came to school to do. I had to keep thinking about that Dr. Shawn whose dream was to become a doctor so I had to stay focused and do my best.
    I later became very active in sports like football and track and field, I was on the varsity football team as a freshman and the varsity track team where I set my personal best time at track and field I became a four-year letterman in both sports, the students like to me because I was good at track and field. But they made fun of the guy who was in special education.
    I had to learn how to channel that anger from these kids making fun of me. I used it to get good grades and get on the honor roll for three years and get perfect attendance awards. Getting on a roll awards for three years having 3.0 GPA made me think about college because that’s what I wanted to do since I was a little boy. I said I want to get an academic scholarship for my grades not for sports because I want to show people I can make good grades.
    When I reached my senior year, I was told college was not a choice and I could not understand why. I had good grades, so I don’t understand why college not a choice. I was not allowed to take A.C.T which I could not understand why.
    When I graduated from high school, I ranked in the top 15 out of my class and did not receive any type of scholarship information I was truly hurt why give me honor roll awards but not help me get into a college? I started applying to colleges but kept getting rejected, so I kept applying to colleges but still kept getting rejected. I was feeling so hurt and just could not understand why, so I thought about the book I read as a child and this book really helped me to keep pushing forward and never give up trying to reach my goals.
    I later got into a community college, but some of the professors saw that I was struggling in my classes and told me I need to rethink college. College might not be for you but you still can be successful in life, I did not want to hear that so I kept going. I later got into another community college and at this community college I kept hearing the same thing. I kept pushing even harder to prove to them no matter how hard I struggle I know college is for me.
    I was doing so badly at a community college that my GPA had dropped to 1. 90 GPA. I was not going to let that stop me. I applied at Langston University in Langston Oklahoma. Once I got into Langston, I went out for the track team later got a track scholarship, but I was placed on academic probation because of my GPA, but that inspired me to do good in my classes and bring my grade up which I did. My GPA went from a 1.90 two a 2.20 GPA. I was happy to proven that I made it, but I still knew I was struggles in some classes but I never give up.

    At Langston University, I met my goals one was to compete in the national track and Field championship and set and 800 m record. The other was receive an award for academic achievement in track & field, I was named most improved male athlete of the year in track and field, and named president Dr. Ernest L. Holloway student of the year for 1999 & 2000.

    I’m proud of myself for not giving up on my goals even though it took me 11 years to finish my college degree and I flunk classes more than 10 times and all the fun been made of never stop me, even though I had wanted to drop out after flunking so many times but there was a teacher who believe in me. She would never let me give up, so I received the most precious thing I ever wanted and I worked hard for was my degree in health physical education & recreation. I’m now enrolled in the University of Phoenix working on my master’s degree in special education.
    After everything that I’ve gone through in my life, I could have just given up and turned to the street and start doing bad things, but I did I wanted to show those people who doubted me and did not believe in me that I could do it without making excuses.
    Our young people in special education who are fighting their learning challenges get left behind because we feel they will fail so that’s one reason why the most people don’t work with kids like this. Our youth need a new generation of role models like me and other people who overcame obstacles in their life. I can say it’s, hard for special education to find motivation and keep them on the right path because it seems like no one wants to sit down and really listen to them and understand them. I feel if we don’t listen to them the streets well because the streets are filled with lots of negative people. There are drug dealers and gang leaders who are more open 24 hours a day and week for them.

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  9. Mackenzie -  February 16, 2012 - 3:53 pm

    I am not dyslexic but my friend is. well, i kind of have problems when it comes to which side i go in one of my dance songs. i dont think thats dyslexia. my friend has the type when her mind changes up ‘m’ and ‘w’, ‘d’ and ‘b’. thats dyslexia, rite?

    one question for any dyslexic person- how hard is it, actually? what r the types of dyslexia. they mightve mentioned it in the previous posts, but it was 2 long i didnt read it. thx…. if theres really a lot of ways just list like 10.

    Thanks! Mackenzie (Im just curious…)

  10. Samantha -  January 1, 2012 - 7:45 pm

    I’m 15 and since I can remember I have always had trouble reading, since I have dyslexia. My mother has it too, so she knows how hard it is, and so she encouraged me to read. At night she would sit down with me on her bed and try to read books with me, but I hated it! (It was about my bed time and I tired, so of course I hated to read because I was being forced.) My grandmother would pay me $.25 to come over to her house and read, because she wanted to help too. My spelling, LOL! wow! That was horrible. In 4th grade my teacher somehow should me the world of reading and I fell in love with it. I always had a book by my side. I was over coming it!

    Once in middle school, we were reading out loud in class, and I was reading. It was going well until I got to the word ‘the’. I saw the word. I know the word. It was as if my brain and my mouth were not connected. After a terrifying second ‘the’ came out and I continued reading.

    Now, I am in 10 grade and I am in English Honors. I am so proud that after years of battling I am triumphing!! The next battle is word problems in math, now that’s another story. I am in Algebra 2 Honors, and those problems do not make any sense, but I am trying! Hopeful all goes well.

    Don’t worry, just keep on reading. Just because you cannot read out loud, you are still smart as anything. Don’t let it bring you down.

  11. Judy -  November 14, 2011 - 3:21 pm

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) says, “Dyslexia is a brain-based type of learning disability that specifically impairs a person’s ability to read.” About 20% of humans worldwide and about 11 million children in the United States have this brain processing problem that doesn’t allow them to read, write or spell at the same level as their peers.

    Dyslexia does not have anything to do with how “smart” or successful a person is. Lots of very smart people are dyslexic, but dyslexia can derail school success, cause deep emotional stress and disrupt education. Dyslexia is not a vision problem.

    For those seeking help, the best treatment is very specific, directed, personalized instruction and regular practice; the Orton-Gillingham approach is widely respected and extensively tested. Because people with dyslexia “look” normal and speak normally and often learn to work around their challenges, the struggles of people with dyslexia are often misunderstood.

    If you think you or your child might be dyslexic, you can learn more by using the free online Screener at http://www.lexercise.com/forparents/screen-your-child/.

  12. Sari -  November 13, 2011 - 2:46 pm

    Many of us who are so called dyslexic really have a more severe problem called dysteachia! I went through my school life being dyslexic and so did my youngest son. Both of us are of above average intelligence but struggled with reading and writing. After attending a Thrass course, I for the first time had an understanding why I was dyslexic my challenge was for my son and I to work on the program. It changed the way I looked at reading and spelling and I could understand why I was struggling with literacy, instead of feeling like I was dumb, I know understand the way we are are taught to read and write actually confuses dyslexic children and compounds the problems. in my/ our remedial classes we were just given more doses of the medicine that was already causing the problem.

    Thanks to Thrass, my son has now a fantastic job, and dyslexia for us is a thing of the past. Thank you THRASS!

  13. Robin -  November 4, 2011 - 6:51 am

    My nine year old daughter has been diagnosed by a psychologist as having “communications based learning disabilities”, which I believe is the same as dyslexia. I’ve had a feeling since she was a toddler that she was challenged in many ways because she wouldn’t do the same thing that other young children were doing (ie. coloring, stringing beads, etc:). Throughout the early school years teachers kept telling me that she’s alright, just keep practicing her letters and numbers, etc. Psychologists wouldn’t test her until she was in grade 3. She displays a lot of symptoms of dyslexia such as printing letters and numbers backwards, reading right to left, etc. Now I know what we are dealing with, and I know we have an uphill road to travel. I continue to tell her she is smart and how much I love her, but the world is not so kind. She is rejected by all the girls at school (why are girls so mean?). She is a big-boned, tall girl, who is at the bottom of her class, academically. She has no friends. It breaks my heart and I wake up in the night wondering what I can do to help her. To me, her self esteem is more important than academics. I appreciate reading the posts, of which many offer encouragement and further insight. I have some more questions. Do dyslexic folks struggle with creating and maintaining relationships? Do you struggle with organization and organizing things? Do you struggle with self control issues like eating? Can you offer advice regarding helping a child with this challenge? Thank you in advance.

  14. itstherecit -  November 3, 2011 - 11:52 am

    even your typoglycemia is faulty

  15. itstherecit -  November 3, 2011 - 11:44 am

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  16. Haryr -  November 2, 2011 - 4:26 pm

    i an very dylexisc and i hve much truoblle tyngip and redaing. my tcaeher syas im retardted. i thkni i am too. if you cna hple me thta wolud hepl

    i did nto ptu on splel chcke beuase i want yuo to see hwo bad it si

  17. Ron -  November 2, 2011 - 7:06 am

    I have dyslexia with left / right. When I am driving and my passenger tells me to turn ‘right’ I have to THINK about it — an extra step which I understand others do not have to take. Tell me to turn ‘right’ and if I don’t process this (ie think about it) I am just as likely to turn ‘left’. I also have to be careful not to transpose numbers. I haven’t experienced it on other ways but reading the comments I wonder if it affects my ability to read music. Hmmm!

  18. Amanda -  November 1, 2011 - 2:34 pm

    I remember when I was in elementary school, I use to cheat on spelling tests because I had a hard time spelling correctly. I had the slip of paper with the correct spelling under my desk and I would pull it out and right the answer down. If I didn’t, I would fail my spelling tests.
    People don’t really believe me when I tell them that I am dyslexic because of the fact that I’m always reading and writing. Yet, as I type this, I keep having problems typing my words and I catch them and go back to fix the mistake.
    My teachers would had back my assignments when I was younger, saying I did something wrong and that if I could fix it, I would get my ‘A’ since some of my problem was writing ‘a’, ‘z’, and ‘s’ backwards.
    It is a struggle and when I’ve been reading for hours on end from my textbooks and word changes or as I’m taking notes on what I read and I try to spell school ‘scglohv’ I know that I need to take a break and do something else that doesn’t involve reading or writing.
    And for the life of me, I can not read time. I get that mixed up no matter what I do and I get strange looks when I say I’ve put something in for 15 hours when it only needs 15 minutes.

  19. Serge Palain -  November 1, 2011 - 5:02 am

    Reading was a big problem for me when I was younger. It is funny, when I have started to read better in my mother’s language, I have moved to Canada where I started learning two more languages, English and French.
    Now the issue is up again with the other two languages.

  20. Ugh -  October 15, 2011 - 10:27 am

    “students with dyslexia struggle with word retrieval, not with knowledge retention.”
    i have so much trouble getting people to understand this about me. the information is there; i.e. that actor’s name, that chemical’s formula, that date when such and such happened, but i can’t quite find it in the jumbled files of my brain.
    I had no idea i was dyslexic until my final year in college, and actually knowing there’s a reason i think/learn/do things differently than other people, makes it easier do deal with.
    A side note being, the older i get, the more problems i seem to have with this particular quirk.

  21. Jan -  September 27, 2011 - 2:40 pm

    It is difficult for the non-dyslexic brain to wrap itself around dyslexia. I had a (dyslexic) professor for a grad course on Twice Exceptional Learners. She explained it by showing us a wristwatch. “What’s this?” A watch. She held it sideways. “Now what is it?” A watch. She turned it upside down. “Now what is it?” A watch. “How do you know?” We all looked at one another. Then she held up what looked like a large lower-case b made of poster board. “What’s this?” “A ‘b’.”Then she rotated it. “Now what is it?” “A ‘d’.” She flipped it over. “Now what is it?” “A ‘p’.” “How do you know?” Again we all looked at one another. According to her, there would be little difference between the watch and the circle shape with a straight line against it. No matter which way it gets turned around, t still resembles the same thing. So one of the primary difficulties in reading is trying to determine what the job of the shapes are in every blob of letters.
    When I came home and told my dyslexic husband and asked his assessment of the explanation, he said it was pretty damn accurate and he’d wished he’d thought it up himself.

    I have never forgotten that. That night I had a much more clear and sympathetic understanding of what many dyslexics face every waking moment of the work or school day.

  22. myhoosierhome -  September 26, 2011 - 2:04 pm

    I have such problem when I read I will put the a word ahead of the other or a letter. Recignizeit it then go on until I do it again. Is this Dyslezia?

  23. honda -  September 25, 2011 - 10:59 pm

    My son’s teacher thought he had dyslexia. She went to school over the summer to be able to test for it and verify what she thought. Unfortunately, the teacher he has this year doesnt seem to have a clue about it. I ‘ve tried to talk to the principal about changing teachers to help my son learn and not get so angry. Students are not changed to different students. I’ve done some copying and pasting, with out names, some of the stories on this page. I hope it will wake them up and help my son learn, instead of the constant discouragement he faces.

  24. Dawn -  September 22, 2011 - 10:48 am

    I am the mother of a 7 year old daughter who is immensely challenged in every aspect of her life by Dyslexia. My husband/her father is also dyslexic. It is a huge challenge to the entire family. EMMA – You’re right. The GIFT of Dyslexia is an excellent book. Quite optimistic. To each of you… you amaze me. I respect the tremendous work ethic. We recently attending a parent workshop to better understand the challenges LD present to our daughter. I was overpowered. I wanted to hide under the table and vanish when I was called on to answer questions I couldn’t and to experience the way the “teacher” and my “classmates” were treating me for not getting it. For me, school was a breeze – gifted classes all the way thru. Dyslexia is not – as some of you have pointed out – the end of the world. But, I have learned that it is an awesome challenge. Good luck to all. As one doctor said in The Journey of Dyslexia… Many of mankind’s greatest achievements would not be if it weren’t for the brilliant mind of the dyslexic.

  25. Ed -  September 17, 2011 - 12:59 pm

    Stephanie Rumm is another well-known dyslexic! It hasn’t held her back in the least. So, you dyslexics, stop whinging and just get on with your lives,

  26. Archon -  September 16, 2011 - 6:54 pm

    I halve a spelling checker,
    It came with my pea see.
    It plainly marks four my revue
    Mistakes I dew knot sea.

    Eye strike a key and type a word
    And weight four it two say
    Weather eye am wrong oar write
    It shows me strait aweigh.

    I would credit the author, but it came to me Anon.

  27. Tania Bracey -  September 16, 2011 - 6:13 pm

    I live with 3 dyslexic, ADD males. My husband and our 2 sons aged 15 and 10. We are all lefthanded but I have never had any learning difficulties. We were at a conference on Dyslexia a year ago and were deemed a fairly rare family. The challenges we face are never ending (especially with school requirements) but with the challenges have been many moments of great achievement. The 3 ‘boys’ have amazing abilities in different things. My husband can create almost anything from a sketch and has built designer furniture for some of the wealthiest people. He built his first fibreglass boat completely on his own at age 13 years. He could not pass exams in high school.
    Our 15 year old has been highly successful in athletics and rugby and been in many representative teams to date. He struggles at school but with extra tuition he does manage to achieve passes most of the time. He qualifies for a reader/writer.
    Our 10 year is a gifted pianist and has achieved Trinity exams to grade 4 so far. His current goal is learning to play ‘Flight of the Bumblebee’. He also plays in a rock band for fun. He has particular strengths in mathematical reasoning and strategies but his processing speed lets him down in timed tests. His writing abilities have no comparison to his verbal abilities which are 3 to 4 years above his age. He often gets to perform oral tests and excels when he does. He is accommodated for in his current class but things will become harder again next year at the change of school. He to will qualify for a reader/writer.
    Unfortunately we always have large financial outgoings and we have to work very hard to keep on top of these costs .Reader/writers are paid for by us and tuition for both the boys is very costly. Fortunately we have understanding grandparents who also assist to help with these costs.
    My advice to any parents out there in a similar situation is, never give up (there will be times you will want to), encourage the things your children are good at from an early age because you never know when this may become their career one day. Always be your childs advocate as the system will often be against you. Most of all good luck!

  28. Rafiki -  September 16, 2011 - 3:26 pm

    I don’t have dyslexia, and I’m told my vocabulary and spelling are exceptional. I think it would be harder for English speakers, though. Our spelling is not phonetic. We have letters that look terribly similar to each other. We speak a form of slang that differs tremendously from our writing and “proper” language. When my brain travels faster than my fingers (which happens a lot) I skip words, letters, and grammar. I wish people would switch languages and teach shorthand.
    And @JJ, you’re awesome.

  29. Bridget -  September 16, 2011 - 2:30 pm

    So i am dyslexia. I am NOT proud of it at all. it is holding me back i dont get to hange out with my friends any more becausse i always have a book in my hand trying to grow out of this and keep my grades up. i have seen a likey change in my spelling and reading but i want to normal like the other kidesin my class when i haft to take a test i haft to go to another room because of my dyslexia with some other kids just like me . my mom and reading teacher think i should get out of the SPECAL class but idk i want to but i kinda makes me fill safe.

  30. Julie -  September 16, 2011 - 1:47 pm

    Nick G., I suggest you google search “Irlen Syndrome” and “Texthelp Read & Write Gold” (a computer program designed to help dyslexic people with literacy). I train people in how to use Read & Write Gold and I have seen the literacy barriers broken down for many people. A lot of dyslexic people have Irlen Syndrome. Tinted lenses in glasses or the “screen-masking” feature of Read & Write Gold (which tints the computer screen or a document in any colour) can make a world of difference for some dyslexic people as it stops the distortion of print and prevents headaches from the intense concentration needed to read.

    I also suggest you look for what I call your “special intelligence” – probably a creative or entrepreneurial ability you probably have because most dyslexic people I have had contact with have one. Some have truly exceptional abilities. I also suggest you do a google search on “famous people with dyslexia” because you will see how greatly dyslexic people have contributed to our world – mostly because they have put their “special intelligence” to work. Personally, I do not classify dyslexia as a ‘disability’ because the upside of dyslexia is usually an amazing talent in some area – possibly untapped in a lot of dyslexic people. Perhaps you have an amazing “ability” that you don’t know about yet. Assistive technology like Read & Write Gold can overcome the difficulties you have with print.

    You can use a computer program and perhaps tinted lenses to overcome your difficulties with print, whereas, unfortunately, I do not have access to a computer program or special glasses that will give me the exceptional talent that most dyslexic people, probably including you, have in some area. You are NOT retarded! The fault is with education systems. If only they would give dyslexic children the opportunity to discover and develop their “special intelligence”, the world would benefit enormously from the creative and “out of the box” thinking ability of dyslexic people.There is a book called “The Gift of Dyslexia” by Ronald Davis. I agree with him that dyslexia is a “gift”. I suggest you find and develop your “gift”, and ignore people who classify dyslexia as a “disability”.

  31. joe -  September 16, 2011 - 11:58 am

    I randomly just add the letter “e” to the end of a lot of words. Not sure if its the same thing. just when I am thinking its a unconcious thought e sounds reasonable to have since it can be silent and so many common words end with an e.

  32. Carolina -  September 16, 2011 - 10:34 am

    I have too showed some signs of dyslexia… I have always thought that is my brain playing tricks on me… It can be frustrating when you are trying to communicate with others in writing but pretty funny when at the end… The only problem that I have experienced is that I stopped reading. I used to love it when I had my sweet time to transform those symbols in my head but the pressure of time and deadlines at work and school has withered this passion… There is no time to enjoy slow reading around here. Oh well!! Can’t wait to retire in 30 years to catch up with all the reading!!

  33. Ramon Sta. Cruz -  September 16, 2011 - 10:17 am

    @Kt: I respect your views but please allow me elaborate. When I said that those words should not have existed, I mean that there is no reason to give labels to people who behave differently from most of their kind. I agree with you that no offense was intended. What I was pointing out was that all people are unique and there is an infinite range of qualities that they may exhibit. Even those who posted their comments here and agreed to be dyslexic had different difficulties so why bother to call them as such.

    In your example, the three year old kid who still had not said his first word is simply a three year old kid who had not said his first word. I don’t see how telling the Mom that the child has autism will change that. It’s the same with a so-called child prodigy who utters his first word in his crib when he was not even one year old. He is simply a child who said his first word before he was one year old. The problem lies not on what a person is not able to do but on what a person does in comparison with the others.

    I believe that a lot of trouble would be prevented if we compare a person only to himself/herself. Look at what Tom Cruise, Tomas Edison, Jay Leno & others grew up to be. The same admiration goes to the less famous and yet not lacking in achievement who posted or were mentioned in this forum. The three year old kid in your example, was he Albert Einstein?

  34. Maggie -  September 16, 2011 - 8:34 am

    I don’t have to deal with dyslexia, dygraphia, or dyscalcula, but I have always wondered if my brain-wiring is similar to those who have such challenges because of the disconnect I experience with typing or trying to play the piano. I’ve never heard of a label for the situation, and it hasn’t hindered me in gaining my degrees, but I feel a diminishment since I could never sight-read music. I cannot move beyond the keys I’m touching without constant looking up and looking back.
    The stress-induced ailments of my childhood suddenly ceased when I was allowed to quit piano lessons, and my high school typing teacher gifted me with a C because he knew that I stayed up all night trying to finish the final project and my top speed on an electric typewriter was only 16 words per minute.
    It was a problem I could ignore until we entered the digital age and social isolation is result of an inability to type at a normal rate. I have a facebook page, but I rarely post because I can’t keep up with a conversation before people have moved on or logged off. I just would like to know if this plagues anyone else, or if anyone has ever tried to name such as this. My cyber-savvy children just think I’m slow witted, and that stings.

  35. SDTurner -  September 16, 2011 - 7:47 am

    A new and very comprehensive website is currently being built to specifically address the problems and concerns for children and adults who have dyslexia. This website goes into great detail about how teachers, parents and others can offer in-depth assistance to anyone who struggles in learning how to read the English language. The website will be called http://www.compuread.com and should be operational within 60-90 days. For all those who struggle with dyslexia, this site will be a great help in overcoming this learning disability. It’s taken over 25 years to put all this togeather because of the complexity of the subject. The author of the site has taken a very difficult subject and has broken it down to very small steps proven in the classroom to help the dyslexic learning disabled to actually learn read and read well. They have many comprehensive, yet simple to understand manuals that helps parents and teacher alike to assist their children and students in their everyday struggle in reading. Compuread.com even shows parents with newborns how to prevent dyslexic tendencies from birth, plus much, much more.

  36. Luck in W -  September 16, 2011 - 1:00 am

    There have been a few times lately, especially when I’m tired, that I seem to read all kinds of gibberish. I then think that everybody’s writing strange words. When I clear my head a little, I realize that there was nothing wrong with the writing, just with my reading. Ah well, we can’t always be right. It’s at these moments that I realize what problems others are struggling with. And oddly enough I can learn to recite passages of prose or whole long poems without a problem, but when I’m reading out loud, I constantly get tangled up. Somehow my eyes and brain are totally out of sync if I read out loud.

    @Enza, I’m sorry to hear that your daughter has dyslexia. Fortunately, much can be done nowadays–if you can find the right way to handle the problem. I wish her all the success in the world. Fortunately, none of us is perfect: we all have some sort of quirk or problem, though some are easier to hide. Since the problem of dyslexia has become better known, there is, fortunately, less of a stigma attached to it, though a sensitive person will long feel uneasiness and fear when they have to read. Just keep up your daughter’s spirit.The problem can be minimized if not totally eradicated.

  37. JJRousseau -  September 16, 2011 - 12:14 am

    Oui, many thoughtful, insightful comments.. Kudos,

  38. Lesa -  September 15, 2011 - 8:55 pm

    My heart aches for all of you who struggle with dyslexia. I taught school for 15 years before I found out about a program that has the solution to all the struggles described here. A few posters mentioned Ron Davis and the Gift of Dyslexia. This is the program I use in my private practice with amazing results. I have worked with 5 yr olds to 60 yr olds with symptoms varying from mild to profound. It is so rewarding to show someone how they can truly overcome the struggle of learning and finally, truly master any subject once they are shown how to use their gift of dyslexia.

  39. Cynthia -  September 15, 2011 - 3:07 pm

    My twin sister could read before I could – in fact she was the one who got the letters in my brain and showed me how to use them. None of the letters made sense in the same way I’ve seen written here. Thank you all so much! At the end of first grade, my teacher told my parents that I would not be allowed to enter second grade until I could read at the first grade level. So I was ordered to spend the entire summer reading by myself, with no one helping me. I hated it. My sisters were outside playing and I had to stay in my room every day and night teaching myself how to read. I did it by finding very easy books – beginning books for babies! I kept going. I got books that were a little harder to read. I stumbled over every word. I kept reading each sentence over and over until I could read it and make sense of it in my mind. Then I tried to read it out loud. I would read one word, then attach the next word to it. Then I would read those two words together over and over – not just saying them over and over from my memory, but having to read them together over and over. Then I would add the next word to the first two, continuing the same process. I kept going until I could read the entire small book out loud three times in a row. (This was my own plan. I wanted to play outside!) I was moved to second grade after beginning to choose books that had nothing to do with school. I read everything I could that had to do with dogs and horses. And that made reading more exciting than play.

    I also remember not having to tasks like my sisters did then either. I didn’t have to set the table, clear the dishes or dry them when I was reading. Any kid will do that and read something he or she really wants to know about! I had a cool mom.

    In fourth grade I remember being embarrassed that I couldn’t alphabetize letters. I remember sitting in the “reading circle” and when we could alphabetize our “word” flash cards (everyone had the same cards) faster than everyone else, we could go back to our desks! After about two weeks, I was the only one left in the reading circle. It was very embarrassing. The teacher got very mad at me, but I was always doing my best because I still wanted to go out to play at recess and at home! She finally put one other person in the circle and I beat her so I got out of the circle. (Sometimes today it still takes me a short while to do it, but practicing the same thing over and over helped me.)

    In second grade my twin sister was diagnosed with dyslexia, and she was the one who taught me the essentials of reading! By then, I was out of the reading circle and I had the love of reading and knowing what not everyone in the school I hated, knew!

    I have learned a lot about the brain since then, as I now have several college degrees, and an advanced one is in communication.

    This may help you:
    1. Start slow and don’t criticize yourself. If you make a mistake, don’t say, “wrong.” Just relax and do it again when you have restored your confidence. Then do it again. When it works correctly, say “YES!” like you see professional tennis players do in international tournaments. They know that when you put any emotion to something you do, it puts the same emotion with the memory of an action you just did. So when your mind hears and feels an exuberant “YES!”, your mind remembers that that action was a fantastic one, and it wants to repeat that good feeling! “Yes!” is on your side every time. “NO!” is never on your side. I play tennis and I always know and remember, “there is always another ball.” One bad serve or a bad hit isn’t the end of my tennis career or my self esteem! You should see my trophies!

    2. Your brain can only hold 30 seconds of information given to your brain at a time. After 30 seconds, your brain automatically stops “listening” so you can store it somewhere in your brain. The more related things you can add to that new information your brain has been given, the easier it is to remember. When someone listens to a teacher or someone giving directions without stopping for 5 minutes straight, brains can’t hold that amount of information at a time. That is why it is impossible for anyone to write as quickly as someone talks! It’s not you, it’s the way every brain functions! Don’t expect more than it was designed to do! That is not dyslexia! And when you take some time to make sense of something, you are not slow. You are doing exactly what your brain is asking you to do! Good for you!

    I now belong to Mensa and I can’t type as fast as my mind thinks either. And when my fingers fly, I get new words that I can’t read either! We all skip words when we write. That is why publications have editors. After we write what we want to say, then we re-read it, our brains skim over what we wrote, thinking, “I know what I wrote – it’s okay.” That can happens to every person in every country and in every population. And I don’t have dyslexia.

    3. Sleep. Sleep is so very important. Children need more sleep than adults because they are still growing! Adults need at least 8 hours of sleep every night because that is when new brain cells are being made for organizing what you did during the day and creating new storage spaces in your brain for that information (your brain makes new cells every day in your “brain stem”).

    Actually it’s even better if you can take a 20-minute nap (just closing your eyes and thinking of nothing) once in the middle of the morning and once in the afternoon – and then get at least 8 hours of sleep at night.

    Your brain will continue to create new brain cells every day of your life for everything you learn! “Old” brain cells replace themselves too, one electron at a time, so the original memory in the old brain cell is still completely there in the “replaced” cell!

    4. Stay away from critical people – whether they be neighbors, bullies, teachers or psychologists. They can do damage to every part of your self esteem, your future learning and your brilliance as a person. Keep patting yourself on the back many times during the day, and keep saying, “Wow! I’m smart!” Your brain is listening to that too, and remembering it! :O)

    5. When a person first learns to ride a bike, a skateboard, or a unicycle, he or she will most likely not be able to do it perfectly every time – and maybe not ever! But if you keep doing it, you only become better at it – not worse – so don’t expect to get worse, nobody can do that! You’ll just get better! And if you keep at it, you’ll be an expert!

    6. And not all educators and teachers realize that each of us has our own “learning style.” Each of us has a way we like to learn best!

    Mine is watching it first, then trying it myself with someone giving me some helpful (not critical) guidance when I ask for it. (For more information, log on to (copy and paste the following ink into your browser’s URL — the place you put information into to get where you are going online — http://frank.mtsu.edu/~studskl/hd/learn.html).

    All my best wishes and hugs to everyone,


  40. Evelyn Krieger -  September 15, 2011 - 11:35 am

    I didn’t see any comments recommending the Wilson Reading System or the Orton Gillingham Method for treating dyslexia. I am a reading specialist/consultant and have used Wilson with great results. It can be tedious and it isn’t fast, but it works for many students, particularly adolescents and adults. It is based on scientific research and well-tested.
    Not treating dyslexia is somewhat like not wearing glasses when you are farsighted.

  41. Enza -  September 15, 2011 - 11:07 am

    I have found all the comments so helpful. Thank you! My 12 yr old daughter is dyslexic and I struggle to be the best mother I can be to her, advocating for her, comforting her, helping her to be who she is destined to be. After reading most of these comments, what I thought was true is confirmed. Dyslexia is a broad diagnosis. There are a wide range of learning disabilities associated with dyslexia including ADD, slower processing speed, auditory processing, executive functioning…Some dyslexics have issues with these disabilities, some don’t and some are somewhere in between. Then when we add in a person’s IQ, which is the potential a person has to learn, this adds another layer of potential issues. Many dyslexics have particularly high IQs which goes a long way to make up for the dyslexia. Others have normal IQs, which means they have to work harder. We tell our daughter to never give up going after something she wants just because it is hard work to get there. Thanks again for all your insights.

  42. Ashley T. -  September 15, 2011 - 9:37 am

    In elementary and high school, I HATED being called on in class to read aloud. It was so embarrassing… I would stubble over words, mispronounce them, even read different words than on the page…. It came to the point that I would ask to go to the bathroom sometime before my turn, so that there was a chance i could get away with not reading aloud that day. I could hear my classmates gasp and make sounds of being bored and snickering at me. Over the years I figured out that if i read ahead and re-read that section aloud it helped so that I didn’t stutter or misread the page.

    In 1st and second grade i had to go to a special reading class to help me learn to read. Nowadays I love to read, to my self quietly curled up with a book. but if you ask me to read aloud to kids I always feel like what if i make the story no fun for them. But that i have learned, its all in the tone.

  43. WALNUT -  September 15, 2011 - 9:29 am

    At 90 I have more and more trouble. I leave the last letter off words. When I read it back I have no idea what I was saying. I still don’t know if there is an “e” at the end of befor. There are myriad problems.
    There are more mental blocks as I age which seems like my friend who is “dyslexic, ADD, ADHA”. These are problems to him but I just like him because he is kind & fun & allows me to be me & my kids think he is wonderful.
    I was married for 65 years. Last day he was alive he gave me the best compliment I ever had in my whole life,
    “I don’t know what I’d do if I had to live with a normal woman.”

  44. Jim C -  September 15, 2011 - 9:25 am


    Your “difficulty with word retrieval” in speaking and writing is the same problem I’ve had for two years. There are good days and bad days. Being tired or stressed makes it worse.

    Does anyone have experience with computer brain programs that help in this area?

    Thank you. callaway39@yahoo.com

  45. paulinephilippines -  September 15, 2011 - 8:53 am

    One time while I was on stage singing they handed me a list of the next bands that were playing after us. I read it out loud and not until I finished that last band name that I realize it wasn’t “William Baldwin,” it was in fact “Willa Baliw.” I read up on it and I realized that although it was embarrassing (which I was used to at this point), it was cool too. It shows how your mind will make the effort to link what it knows with what makes sense to you. So make an effort to read out loud funny weird words as an exercise and laugh at how your unique brain makes sense of it.

  46. Richard -  September 15, 2011 - 8:45 am

    I have dsylexia and stuggle with spell and yes i read very slow were it will take my wife or friends to read in a couple of days for me its months. But I have bee told that I retain more. I was once told I would make it in college. Not only due i have my degree but I also have a masters degree. I Pastor a church and read the scriptures form my message some time I may have to read it a few time to get right but it has not stop me from achiving my goals and even going beyond. I am more than a conquer witth Jesus.


  47. paulinephilippines -  September 15, 2011 - 8:43 am

    When my mom and I found out I was six and she didn’t know a thing about dyslexia. Mom told me with unwavering faith in me that it would be a challenge but never an excuse. She’d say “You deal with the cards your given.”

    So I struggled forward being exceptionally bad in spelling and math, but learned to pay more attention to the sound of words. I felt that teachers were frustrated with me, thought I was weird and based on my test scores, well, not very bright.

    But words began to take a deeper meaning. I found in them a rhythm and a special character that meant more to me than just how many “m’s” I needed in the word community. Who cares about the rest of them.

    I grew to become a better speaker. Now I’m a singer-songwriter. I still have trouble with numbers, remembering names and second guess my spelling, but through it, I found my voice, one that said “its a challenge but not an excuse, and I’d be better for it.” :P

  48. Ole TBoy -  September 15, 2011 - 8:25 am

    Letters give me no trouble. It is with NUMBERS that I am dyslexic. Makes balancing my checkbook a bit more difficult.

  49. John -  September 15, 2011 - 8:17 am

    I don’t know if I’m dyslexic; I read and write just fine – silently. My problem is when I have to read out loud; the words just don’t make it to the tongue without a lot of stops and stammers. In elementary school I was constantly getting bounced back and forth between first and last reading group because my comprehention scores were years ahead of my class while my verbal reading skills were well behind. Finally learned to read a sentence at a time then recite it from memory. This fooled the teachers quite handily. To this day I don’t like to read speaches but I’m a great extemporanious speaker.

  50. coldbear -  September 15, 2011 - 8:03 am

    Nickelson – I chuckled when I read your comment about reversing directions. My brother laughed at me when I slapped my arm and then said “right turn”.

    I don’t believe that its a form of dyslexia, as I exhibit no other forms of it, nor ever made the connection. I wouldn’t want to insult true dyslexics such as yourself with the connection.

    I just felt like it was a symptom of being a lefty. As I’ve aged, I’ve just poked more fun at it.

  51. Rayna -  September 15, 2011 - 5:31 am

    I still struggle with the my dyslexia every day, even in my case is not so severe. The biggest problem for me still is learning foreign languages. My advise to younger dyslexics is Don’t give up and don’t let somebody telling that you can’t achieve more in your life.
    I have been told so many times , especially from some of teaches in Junior High – You can’t, Just give up the idea that you will go to Uni.
    I manage to University and so on, working twice harder than my colleagues and was wort it. So be stubborn and you will do it.

  52. wendy B-R -  September 15, 2011 - 4:50 am

    yeah I made some type of shorthand that only I will be able to understand.
    This creates a problem when my teacher wants to see my notes to see where
    we left off or to grade them.

    I usually have to tell my teacher that my notes are not always in order or that they have different languages in it. Sometimes I find it easier to write stuff in Spanish or Korean.

    But in English if I do write it I find myself writing shorter versions of the word.

    By the way Queen’s English I heard that was different than American English.
    The spelling and all. I never learned it, but it must be hard to change to American English. I had some English friends and we used to spell things differently even the same word but I understood most of the time what they tried to say.

  53. Christine Rabel -  September 15, 2011 - 4:50 am

    I applaud each of you with the courage to submit your experiences. It takes an extraordinary amount of time and effort to do such, when you are stuggling so very much with the implimentation. I, too, have dyslexia, but it is mild enough that I can manage without great difficulty; however, my 15 year old daughter was only recently diagnosed (and as previously mentioned, was in conjunction with ADD/ADHD), and was feeling very discouraged with the diagnosis. She felt “stupid”. I offered that a label like this one is only to help others understand a little better, and that some of the greatest entreprenuers in the world, as well as some of the most creative and talented individuals in history were also dealing with this “affliction”. These are “find a way, make a way” people who never allowed anything to slow their passion, and that ANYthing is possible if you keep going, keep pushing, and just keep believing in yourself.
    Congratulations again to all of you who keep trying, no matter what others may say…you will indeed make your mark in the world, and I am very excited for you!

  54. wendy B-R -  September 15, 2011 - 4:30 am

    well I have a problem with dyslexia always did but I still can’t read out loud. They tried to fix it when I was young but it was embarrassing to have to read in front of everyone, but I love reading for myself but I rather not do it in public out loud. I always read the wrong words which makes it more embarrassing.

  55. annie -  September 15, 2011 - 3:10 am

    jackie french is dyslexic too

  56. Will's Mum -  September 15, 2011 - 3:03 am

    I will say that though a person may have dyslexia, they are usually very gifted in other areas.
    My son had dyslexia, which I caught early on because I homeschooled him from 1st grade through highschool. We spent over $10,000 at Huntington Learning Centers trying to help him to learn despite having dyslexia. They did help some, but not as much as we hoped for the price we paid.
    We found out he was very gifted with music and began to focus on cultivating that talent…He played several instruments and was taking lessons for the bass, piano/keyboard/drums/guitar. He had begun to write songs on his own and write his own music.
    Unfortunately, he was killed in a tragic car accident right after he turned 19 years old…we know that he would have gone far in the music world…he’d been to several auditions in Orange County and had four agents contact him….two of which came to his funeral….Though his life was cut short, we still have his music…and seek to reach out to others and who have dyslexia and give them hope….tell them the story of our son….

  57. Rajesh Chaudhary -  September 15, 2011 - 1:13 am

    Dyslexia is not something so serious. Take it easy. It is very common — the thing is people do not overtly show it off or they simply do not want to open up.

    Rest is just normal.

    Again, it is nothing that serious.

    take it easy. have fun. ;-)

  58. Jackie -  September 15, 2011 - 1:05 am

    I dun hv dyslexia, in fact, I’m most likely the kind who will correct your written/spoken English. I think it’s because I stammered when I was young, so I’ve become very self-conscious in that aspect. But a few years ago, I made friends with a dyslexic and so, I’ve become more understanding. In recent years, due to the lack of rest especially, I find myself typing conversations on MSN/email rather trying. Sometimes, I can type the sentence wrong 3 times before I get it right, either it’s the spelling and/or the words are in the wrong arrangement. And I’m in creative/marketing/communications, so it gets pretty embarrassing.

  59. Ɑɒʌə -  September 15, 2011 - 12:09 am

    Dyslexics… UNTIE !! I can joke now but I couldn’t (^5 me. Contraction, with apostrophe in the right place.) really read until I was 10 or so. Overcrowded class rooms and no training for teachers made for a miserable K – 3. In 4th grade, 1968 an angel alit on my desk, Ms. Getz. (Ms.? we had Mrs. and Miss but Ms., she might have been the first.) She was a second year teacher that was ‘aware’ of what was going on in the world and in her classroom. She was a hippie with a teaching credential. After she figured me out, a specialist came to the class and worked with me and several others. One of the things he did was have us all take the Ishihara color test. Well next thing I know I’m on my way to Stanford University. Turns out along with being dyslexic I’m also an Anomalous Trichromat (yes!, first try). I was involved in a study to see if color blindness and dyslexia were somehow related. The research (which I have never seen the results of) dealt with using prismatic lens (going to have to check that one) and colored filters. That did not seem to help me but using two low watt lamps (one from above and straight down on the page and another from behind and angled) and then tilting the book so I was seeing only a small part of the page was… amazing is the only word I can think of, not quite miraculous but life changing. I was the only one in the study this seemed to be effective on, but I was thrilled. It still took me years to catch up with my peers, but I graduated from UCSC in 1982 with a degree in Liberal Arts and six months later earned my teaching credential all because of a fluke, hard work and an inspirational teacher.

  60. TC -  September 14, 2011 - 10:59 pm

    How and where do you get tested for dyslexia? I think I might have a mild case of ADD? I bothers me that I get lost in words and my readings. And I swear my mind wanders off to another galaxy. Suggestions?

  61. katherine -  September 14, 2011 - 10:45 pm

    Dyslexia is not a “learning disability” it is a learning difference. If you’re not dyslexic, you learn things (Like most people) by auditory sequencial processes. If you are dyslexic, you naturally learn in a visual-spatial way. It’s not a handicap, or a disabilty. It’s actually a gift, because no two dyslexics are alike, and each person that is dyslexic is highly gifted in some area, whether it’s something in the arts, or writing, or sports. Many atheletes have dyslexia, and are extrememly gifted in their sport. Many brilliant business men/women have dyslexia… When a dyslexic learns HOW their brain functions for them naturally, that is usually when they discover their talents.

    Please check out http://www.Dyslexia.com. It changed my life! :-)

  62. IT -  September 14, 2011 - 10:24 pm

    tell me what the question is first.

  63. ty -  September 14, 2011 - 10:03 pm

    it is a big problem if you make it one , i know that because i am dyslexic and some my teachers at my school dont understand . its not just words it can be numbers as well or pictures i have huge problems with numbers…
    my nana say some of the greatset people in the world are dyslexic and beinging dyslexic comes with some hidden talents like music art and dance…

  64. G -  September 14, 2011 - 9:57 pm

    Steve on September 14, 2011 at 5:14 am

    Dyslexia with problem a have don’t I

    I hate you… I actually did read that as: “Dyslexia is a problem I don’t have.” I don’t know what happened to the “with” or where I got the “is” from but I did. Also, to the first guy who put “Dyslexics of the world untie,” I figured there was something witty about that comment but couldn’t tell until my 3rd time reading it… Even as I just proof read my comment “read” became “raed” with the ‘a’ and ‘e’ unnaturally conjoined and “from” became “form.” Best dyslexia story I have, Senior year of high school I couldn’t tell if my phone said the time was 2:56 or 2:59… I asked my friend and got the most freaked out look ever hahahhaha.

  65. kelly -  September 14, 2011 - 9:51 pm

    can the “difficulty with word retrieval” apply to the spoken word as well? I can be going along, speaking a sentence, when all of a sudden I lose memory of one of the words in the sentence. I know what my general idea is, but I cannot conjure up the word to describe it.

    It happens in writing as well.

  66. Arluen -  September 14, 2011 - 9:30 pm

    @ibbydoo Ibbydah- That is a majour problem of mine, but I learned most of my words in the Queen’s English to begin with, but operate in American computers and schools. It’s pain to say the least to get English papers back all marked up when a new teacher doesn’t know.

    I have not been diagnosed and have never had trouble reading by myself, but for years I have had problems with words. My biggest problem is when I read aloud. I constantly skip words and just flat out read them incorrectly. It doesn’t help that I have a slight English accent and different vocabulary than my schoolmates. English has always been a harder subject for me. I adore reading and thrive in Literature classes, but fail miserably in grammar. I didn’t start to get really good at English grammar until (funny enough) I started learning Latin and German. By learning their grammar I was finally able to understand English. My handwriting is the 18th century style cursive, so people have trouble reading it anyways, but when I’m writing fast (as in class) it gets very thin and scrolling, thus even harder to read. The letter mix-ups don’t help either.

    Now I am in my 11 year in all Honours/ AP/ IB subjects. I still can’t read aloud properly or nearly at the pace of a lot of the other students. My mum always said it was because my mind read the words faster than I could say them so I skip to where I was on the page mentally. This is somewhat true, but I don’t know really. I do see everything as images an often have trouble recalling vocabulary when writing and speaking. I know words as concepts and images, not really as words. I couldn’t function in class without a thesaurus. I’ve learned to look at everything really carefully before I say it and to never try to remember things I’ve heard because inevitably I heard them backwards and to always write everything down. It doesn’t matter if anyone else can read it as long as I understand what it says.

    Sometimes it sucks, but no one would ever connect my seemingly random problems with dyslexia but me. My case is mild, but I’ve seen kids with more severe cases and I’m amazed at how well they have learned to adapt to work with their dyslexia. It’s truly an amazing thing.

    Has anyone else noticed they’ve created a sort of short-hand that has all of their word issues in it? My notes are near unintelligible to non-dyslexic people- of which my sister is one.

  67. Grapefruit -  September 14, 2011 - 8:43 pm

    By the way, “one out of ten IS” is correct, rather than “are”. One would not say “one are”.

  68. Shadowfoxx -  September 14, 2011 - 8:41 pm

    I would like to “Thank each person for sharing and being truthful about their disability or whatever you want to call it”. I just know, it feels great to hear other stories about it. It’s like a secret! I do not understand, so it’s hard to tell anyone… “Have I had many sleepless nights behind it yes? Have I cried myself to sleep, because I didn’t pass a test, when I study really hard, but my brain, wouldn’t release it. Didn’t get a job because my spelling was made or couldn’t pass the test, because – I’m not a good test taker. “I got made at God and myself”. I love English and I love words, I just can’t remember theme!!!
    It can be or small words, it doesn’t matter. ” I made it, but I can say, it has stop me from saying what I would love to say on paper and sometimes in front of people because I don’t want to be looked at = she can’t spell or say words correctly. ‘What I can say is: WE’RE GO GETTER’S’.
    We fight until we figure it out or how to make it work for us.

    I love when the person said “We’re Extraordinary!!

    “if there is a will there is a way”. Trust believe God and never give up on you. We have a heart of Gold, and money can’t buy it. We understand what Love is. We need to start a facebook page, so we can help others. So they don’t have to go thru what we went thru!!

    If this all I had to worry about, base on some of the others problems in the world. “We got that best end of the stick”

    Shadow Foxx: mean’s I’m not hiding who I’m any more

  69. A.M. -  September 14, 2011 - 7:37 pm

    Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteres are at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a tatol mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by it slef but the wrod as a wlohe.

  70. hugh -  September 14, 2011 - 7:09 pm

    im not dyslexic, but all these posts are great! props to people who are dyslexic, and keep up with everyone else :D

  71. FrankieC -  September 14, 2011 - 6:55 pm

    My anatomy teacher is Dyslexic! I think it’s pretty cool. Not that he’s dyslexic, just that He’s teaching all these advanced classes with Dyslexia. He’s awesome. But his wife grades his papers. :D

  72. dislecsick -  September 14, 2011 - 6:54 pm

    I’ve always been a borderline dyslexic. It has not inhibited my creativity as my wavering spelling performance will often attest. I can of course civilize my wayward spelling (as here for example), but only with conscious effort. And I’m evidently classed as a slow reader inasmuch as I read at the speed that one would talk. I’m given to understand that my usual 450 words a minute rates as slow. Despite all that, I enjoy reading and writing and do a great deal of both. I’ve learned to just factor in my difficulties as ‘running costs’ that come with the territory. The rewards still make them worthwhile.

    For what it’s worth, I have noticed that my reading proficiency varies through a typical day. I seem to remember a report from somewhere that whereas language and associated skills are serviced predominantly by the left side of the brain, it is in fact natural for the brain’s two hemispheres to take it in turns to dominate over cycles of a few hours each as a day progresses. If so, that could explain why my ease of reading varies.

    There is a further factor … my dyslexia is noticeably more bothersome if I am tired at the time.

    Also it takes me forever to memorize long numbers, no matter how crucial they might be to conducting my life.

    Having a mere fringe experience with dyslexia I can empathize with those whose affliction is more severe … it must impose limitations.

  73. Grapefruit -  September 14, 2011 - 6:19 pm

    Thank you for explaining, it is hard to understand. I have a friend who is dyslexic and never would have known had she not told me. Many kids I know have trouble reading or read aloud slowly, making lots of mistakes, and it always drives me crazy. I really should be more patient as some things don’t come as naturally to some people as they do to others! (My criticizing people’s reading and writing is much like when people make fun of me for running the wrong way on the bases while playing baseball in PE… yeah you get the point)

  74. Tash -  September 14, 2011 - 6:12 pm

    I’m dyslexic I’m 13 it use to be alot worse i mixed up: j/g b/d n/m c/k. I still can’t tell the difference between witches, writes/ rights/ wrights? and other words like that. I love reading but it takes me almost twice the time to read a book than a normal person. I also like writing (if thats the rite spelling O.o ) I’m great with grama but I suck at spelling. It’s anoying having dyslexia because you get called stupid alot. I use to mix up words like: who/how. I can normaly spell large words like ‘improvise’ 7 letter + words. When I’m reading I loose my place constantly and can’t foces on the words so I have to use my fingure to underline words.

  75. nikita -  September 14, 2011 - 5:48 pm

    i never thought i was dyslexic, but listining to all of these people that are i am rethinking that asumption. i am 15 years of age and nowthat i think about it i have always suffered from some of these symptoms

  76. Mari -  September 14, 2011 - 5:26 pm

    i have a friend who has dyslexia! but i never knew that. :)

  77. Amethyst -  September 14, 2011 - 5:23 pm

    I myself am not dislexic, but I have a few friends who are. Those friends are probably better readers than me. They have better hand-writing. They don’t mind reading aloud. What gets to them is that they can’t TALK and WRITE at the same time.

    Now take me. I have aspergers(?) syndrome, which is related to autism. I can read and enjoy to do so, am intelligent (or so I’m told, sometimes I don’t feel like it and I usually get crappy grades), and know various words that other people in my classes have trouble with. However, words that other people consider “simple” are sometimes hard for me, probably due to my history of going to a very bad school where nobody gives a [censored]. I used to have horrible handwriting that even I can no longer read, now I have good handwriting but occasional screw up with spacing and sometimes spelling (darn you, ie/ei!) I hate reading aloud, but it’s not a challenge for me. And I can’t write while talking OR THINKING, which probably causes even more spelling errors for me.

    I am not using aspergers syndrome as an excuse. I am showing that dislexic does NOT mean “can’t read/write/comprehend.” It means has a much larger challenge to do so. But you know what? I feel like if you can beat dyslexia, you can take on the world. And I’m sure the people who have done so themselves would feel even better. I myself am still challenging the social troubles and barriers that aspergers syndrome chains to me.

    Much thanks for the article, and good luck to all of the dislexic posters here (or for that matter, anybody who is attempting to overcome barriers that shouldn’t exist).

  78. spamstergirl -  September 14, 2011 - 4:54 pm

    lefty… you’re so mean. people w/dyslexia… i’m not gonna say i’m sorry for you, but i do realize its a hard struggle. good luck to all ya’lls out there.

  79. Mari Adkins -  September 14, 2011 - 4:45 pm

    I’m dyslexic, but more with numbers than letters. That leads to some really interesting problems. (no pun intended :))

  80. unkown -  September 14, 2011 - 4:24 pm

    im dyslexic and it effects everything reading out loud, paragraphs,spelling,math, my reading level (4th grade im in 10th) but i have gotten better i recently moved from 4th to 5th my school really helps (oh i used spell check)

  81. Mandiie -  September 14, 2011 - 4:04 pm

    I am dyslexic, and it sucks. Some times I mess up words very badly without noticing it, and I get into a lot of arguments with my teachers who get upset and give me a low grade on my papers.
    I’ve been working on my own for a long time to learn how to read and write as well as anyone else. I have a high reading level and my spelling is rather remarkable. Dyslexia does not hinder me from getting A’s and B’s or feeling like I can read and write as well as anyone else.

  82. J. Nickelson -  September 14, 2011 - 4:02 pm

    If I am giving directions to a driver, I have to tell them, “Turn in the direction I’m pointing if I tell you to turn in the opposite direction, because I will *never* point the wrong way.” And I still sometimes have to look at my ‘writing hand’ to decide which is left and which is right. It isn’t that I can’t distinguish one side from the other, but I have problems confusing the *words*, and not just left and right, but that is the easiest example.

    Luckily, mine is such a mild form that it was never diagnosed. Plus, my parents always told my siblings and me that we were intelligent, my older siblings and teachers helped teach me coping mechanisms, and I had such a great desire to learn that it never really affected my education. I believe part of my problem is that I think more in images rather than in words, and that helped me with discerning ‘b’ from ‘d’ and so forth–not that it didn’t take a *lot* of work on my part to keep them straight–but didn’t help with things like ‘tomato’ and ‘potato’, ‘left’ and ‘right’, etc.

  83. leah -  September 14, 2011 - 3:58 pm

    they say 4% of those 10% are Demi-Gods. haha its even origanates from greek. And do they know that 3% of that left over 6% are fine? When I was in 4th and 5th grade i was never told i have dyslexia, but i was but in the lowest reading group(which is picture books) and tol my other people i was dumb. At the end of the my 5th grade year i took the SRI insted of the DRA and scored a 987. That is almost a ninth grade reading level. My teach look at me looked at me and said, “Leah, did you cheat?” when i said know he told me it wasnt good to lie. I am in nith grade i have 1950 lexie on all my writing assnment i get 6s(it graded by the rurbric scale, athough in not good at spelling. never been good at that). When i grow up i want to be a writer, my teach will probaby say, “WHAT!!?? SHE WROTE A BOOK!!” and will probaby read it and be like what the hell did i do wrong with teaching this girl?

  84. DRF -  September 14, 2011 - 3:48 pm

    I thought this article was going to describe how dyslexics perceive symbols, but instead it’s only the same old definition of dyslexia that I’ve read a hundred times. The stub was deceptive.

  85. Archon -  September 14, 2011 - 3:41 pm

    Dyslexia misspoken here.

  86. ed -  September 14, 2011 - 3:20 pm

    I have the greatest respect for those who struggle with this. But there is hope…

    Dyslexia for found cure…


  87. Mark -  September 14, 2011 - 3:12 pm

    There are many forms/variations of dyslexia. If you are interested in the subject there is a very good book, “The Story and Science of the Reading Brain—Proust and the Squid” written by Maryanne Wolf, professor of child development at Tufts University. It is not as dry as it sounds, as a matter of fact it is very good read even if you are not interested in dyslexia. We now know how the brain processes reading down to the millisecond! Other famous dyslexic people: Picasso, Gaudi, Edison, Einstein, Andy Warhol, Johnny Depp, Whoopi Goldberg, Jay Leno, Patrick Dempsey, Charles Schwab, Leonardo da Vinci, Jackie Stewart, John Ivring, etc., etc., etc. Dyslexia influenced in part who they were, what they did, and how they saw the world. It is interesting to hypothesis where we would be without dyslexia!

  88. Maya -  September 14, 2011 - 2:59 pm

    Ozzy Osborne has dyslexia … and he rocks!!! ^__^

  89. Luna -  September 14, 2011 - 2:48 pm

    I don’t have dyslexic, but I have problems in Math. Sometimes it’s like the numbers fly off the page. Also, my brain has a hard time processing the answer. My cousin would be right in front of me, she’ll tell me the answer, but my pencil hasn’t moved at all. I can hear the answer, but my hand doesn’t react to it. I can’t write down the answer until I figure it out myself, no it’s not because I don’t want to cheat, it just happens. I don’t think I have Dyscalculia, considering my A’s in Math, but I do have problems in it. In fact my worst subject is Math, while my best is ELA and Reading. Thank you for listening to this, also for the people with dyslexic don’t worry about what people say. You guys are amazing.

  90. hayley -  September 14, 2011 - 2:47 pm

    i want to help people with dyslexia my friend has it :(

  91. Ana -  September 14, 2011 - 2:19 pm

    I have dyslexia, and math is the hardest subject for me. I’m 13 and I’m very gifted, and take all high school classes. I’m taking Geometry now in 8th grade, and find it extreamley difficult. Every day I struggle with formulas and things as simple as adding and subtracting. Also, I cant and have never been able to spell words or read aloud. I have a very large vocabulary, but often don’t use the words I know, in my writing because I don’t know how to spell them. Even in this small paragraph I have had over 20 miss-spelled words. I was looking up a word when I saw this on the cover, It is very difficult living with dyslexia, and I don’t know how to explain it to my friends and family, but Ill always pull through, even if I do have to work twice as hard as everyone else.

  92. kerray -  September 14, 2011 - 2:16 pm

    really, cyberquill? you don’t stand under this question? Really? stand under? what part of the question don’t you “stand under”? hmmmm?

  93. Aimee -  September 14, 2011 - 1:11 pm

    LWK, can you please tell more about Dyscalculia? Thank you.

  94. Allen -  September 14, 2011 - 1:11 pm

    Did you guys know people with Dyslexia can often read words in any orientation? They can read diagonally or upside down! They can often write as if you were looking into the mirror ;-)…. You see, don’t be so negative, every cloud has a silver lining!

  95. Beth -  September 14, 2011 - 11:39 am

    I am dyslexic and I’m lucky not that bad. I love to read its my spellings thats worse with me and most people dont know that Einstein had it. I found out the more I read and write the better i get and slang dont always help like some people might think. I’m doing my GCSE’s and im in year 11 so my spelling might bring my english grade down with dont help and i think its unfair that spellings are marked down if there wrong as we cant help it, if I had the time to practices spelling i would but i dont. If you reading this and think its all spelt right shes lieing im using spell cheak on my internet.

  96. Dee -  September 14, 2011 - 11:35 am

    I found out under a year ago I am dyslexic, it’s not nice being told when, school life could have been different.

    I have problems with phenomes, so I can misunderstand what is said, especially on a topic that is new to me. And often if I’m on the phone, with a company that needed me to do something. I would then put my phone on loud speaker, so that my husband could relay to me what was said. I do sometimes hate having dyslexia, I ask why me, at the times when I do something stupid.

    I am fine with everyday things, but I do show up for appointments on the wrong days, Whoops!! I think education is where I fall down. But I’m not letting dyslexia stop me from achieving. Although I get upset at times, I am very happy to have found out that i have dyslexia and will not have it any other way!!

    Its also a known fact that around 25% of dyslexics have Irlen syndrome, which I also have. I was told for years that the headaches i got was from screens of PC’s and how everyone gets them. I did not realise that my eyes were letting in too much light to my brain which also had an effect on my vision along with a big factor of the cause of my headaches.I now use coloured paper to write on, and it is easy to set up your computer to make it easier to use.

    right click on your desktop and click personalise, on the window that pops up, there is and option called: Ease of access Centre, you can choose here what you want to adjust, to make life easier for yourself. Hope that helps…..

    Thanks Dan Anderson, I will look out for that documentary, I hope it is available in the UK.

    Keep positive everyone, The world would perish without us!!! Einstein, Motzaart, and all the great inventors, who were most likey dyslexic.

  97. Bob -  September 14, 2011 - 11:18 am

    Wow, they just descibed me completely.

  98. Daemon -  September 14, 2011 - 11:16 am

    Hai, I’ve found this article quite informative to me. I now understand dyslexia much better than I did before. I would just like to state that this has been a much clearer explanation of dyslexia than the others that I have found on several different sites, and I have enjoyed broadening my knowledge. Thank you! :)
    P.S: I’m thirteen, but not dumb. Teenagers are not all reckless idiots :)

  99. PC -  September 14, 2011 - 11:13 am

    I’m dislexic, but my English is better than that of most people I know. Once you overcome the difficulty, you tend to not have much trouble with it. That’s what i thought anyways. I didn’t even know I was dislexic until my Mum told me.

  100. John N -  September 14, 2011 - 11:09 am

    @Nick G.
    I know how you feel, been Dyslexic now 33 years :-), when I’m under stress is when it really shows, of course, I then get stressed about it in its self, just as you describe. Anyway, your not alone. I’d be lost without spell check, and this website.

    Dyslexia, doesn’t have to affect your intellect, just the ability to express it. Trust me, I have a long list of qualifications, all the way up to a professional level.

  101. Vijay -  September 14, 2011 - 11:01 am

    can u be dyslexic in only certain languages only. English came naturally to me while i still cant properly read/write (without mis-spelling) my mother tongue (indain languages telugu and hindi). i can speak it fine but reading/writing takes a lot of effort…i still dont know why …

  102. EniX -  September 14, 2011 - 10:14 am

    I read a study showing that students with dyslexia could make a much faster progress with languages that use symbols as written characters (Chinese, Japanese…)

  103. JR -  September 14, 2011 - 10:01 am

    I have had dyslexic all my life as well and it has been a real struggle to read and to write anything. I may need to read the same words over and over to get something to register in my mind. Sometimes I can look at a word and all I see is garble.

    It makes learning a challenge but not impossible. In my 13th year of schooling a professor realized my difficulty in reading and writing and he helped me to find ways to recognize and correct many of my basic errors that had held me back in school for ever. Keep your head up people JR

  104. LWK -  September 14, 2011 - 9:38 am

    The learning disability which affects a person’s ability to comprehend and manipulate mathematical symbols is called Dyscalculia (compare the root words, lex=word, calculare=to count.)

    I have both, as well as Dysgraphia (graph=writing) so I see it wrong, I comprehend it wrong and I write it wrong, all the while comprehending. Math and spelling tests were painful to say the least, and had near failing grades at school. There are coping strategies which I’ve learned and I am now a successful and happy person. Learn about your disabilities through research, learn the coping strategies, and don’t ever let yourself be convinced by judgmental or ignorant people that you are less intelligent due to your disability.

    Learning Disability Association of America has resources for Dyslexia, http://www.ldanatl.org/ and is especially helpful for parents of Dyslexic children.

  105. Ibbydoo Ibbydah -  September 14, 2011 - 9:15 am

    Professional Writer ISO Attractive Spell Checker
    That’s the way I have felt for the past half century. I’ve a huge vocabulary, but am a classic example of CML – Commonly Misspelled Logophilia. Not sure if my quandary qualifies as dyslexia or is due to associating with Brits and their unique spelling customs. :-) It’s a constant struggle to pen words I easily learned long ago when my brain remains unconvinced they look correct in black & white: televized or televised, advertising or advertizing, relevant or relevent, independant or independent, and hundreds more. Spellcheckers made things worse as I have come to depend on them, and mnemonics are useless to someone who still isn’t completely certain a snake is safe to handle when black touches yellow or black touches red.

  106. LT -  September 14, 2011 - 9:11 am

    Was there a question?

  107. SmilesRTageous -  September 14, 2011 - 8:17 am

    It’s awesome to know there are more of “me” out there. Nick G hit the nail on the head. Wow, I so understand him. Not too fond of the “r” word, but other than that … wonderful way of putting OUR feeling out there.

    I had a “therapist” work with me for about 5 years to teach me little tricks to help me out and work around my dyslexia. She was my life saver, I have no clue what I would do without her.

    My problem is this horrible thing called math. I can’t do it. I’ve had to drop out of college because I cannot pass developmental math. I’ve even tried one on one tutoring, and still can’t do it. My mind just will not let math process in it, well process correctly.

    I had other classes in college that were a major struggle. I always made it throught with a C or D. It was never easy for me. I’ve never used my dyslexia as a handicap or an excuss. It’s just a part of me. I had a counselor tell me one time that one side of my brain will not zap the other side without shorting out.

    It’s been great seeing others with the same feelings and actions as me. Thanks guys for sharing.

  108. john rhea -  September 14, 2011 - 7:55 am

    I am dyslexic, or is it lysdexic? I always get that backwards…..

  109. Vikhaari -  September 14, 2011 - 7:52 am

    Thought I didn’t have such! But after having the letter of…. (Sorry don’t mean to be unkind or rude), “Sometimes … I am [thinking] of what I want to write [and] as I am writing them out I will start spelling [and writing] the next word before I finish with the current words…”
    There are times I did the same especially when I must hand write.
    However, our 15-year-old-writer put it beautifully, “… dyslexia it’s not all that bad.” So! There we are.
    And to S…-joe, you pulled a doog one!—Sorry not as powerfull as yours!, you know what I mean.
    Thank you/us all. Keep up with it.

  110. Dan Anderson -  September 14, 2011 - 7:37 am

    I recommend the documentary “Journey Into Dyslexia.” It explains how and why the brain functions differently in dyslexics when they (we) read.

  111. angela -  September 14, 2011 - 7:36 am

    Nick G.: your level of Dyslexia is similar to my husband’s and he feels the same way you do. He was ‘diagnosed’ in his 40s and felt some relief that he could put a tag on the problem; as a child/youngster/young man, etc., it was ‘hinted’ by family that he might be retarded. He’s not. He just simply has difficulty reading. He learned to memorize from listening, and that got him through a few years of college (some teachers recognized he had written-tests issues and gave him oral tests, which he passed with flying colors!). The subject has come up in family conversations and sometimes even with friends and he’s grown to not be ashamed or embarrassed (mostly…there will always be that ‘why do I have to be so different!” feeling, I’m sure). Be patient with yourself. You need to move away from telling yourself you feel retarded. We teach others how to treat us. We also teach ourselves how to treat ourselves. You’ve been teaching yourself that you’re stupid….you’re not. It’s a matter of working with what you have and finding alternative ways of getting around the bumps in the road, and if you have a good support system surrounding you, all the better! Nick…be kind to yourself and I guarantee your life will improve!!

  112. Thom -  September 14, 2011 - 7:08 am

    My dyslexia does not come out when I read, I read perfectly well, and better than many. My dyslexia comes out when I write. I will write letters, and sometimes words, completly backwards or upside down. I was always at a higher reading level than any of my peers in school, however I had tremendous trouble with spelling tests, because I could never get the letters right. My primary school teachers wrote it off as just bad handwriting, or lazyness. It was not untill I was an adult that I knew I had dyslexia. I was at a training seminar for work, and the facilitator came up to me and asked me about how I deal with my dyslexia, after she had reviewed a few of my worksheets. I think too many people think dyslexic people are just slow readers, or slow learners, but I will have you know that I have gone back to school, and am currenlty on track to get my degree with three little words “Summa Cum Laude” on the end….

  113. Denis -  September 14, 2011 - 6:42 am

    What does a dyslexic agnostic insomniac do at night?
    Like myself…….
    I stay awake and wonder if there really is a Dog……!!!!!!
    For Stinky Joe…..

  114. Me -  September 14, 2011 - 6:30 am

    Dyslexics UNTIE!!

  115. Steve -  September 14, 2011 - 5:14 am

    Dyslexia with problem a have don’t I

  116. Timothy -  September 14, 2011 - 4:39 am

    I have never been diagnosed with dyslexia but some of the things that are described on this page ring true with me. I don’t have much trouble with most words but some like “much” I always spell mutch even though I know it is not right. There are a few common words that I do this with, (I’m constantly finding more). I also run words together and get p,d and Lt mixed up. But, unlike most of the other comments I have no trouble reading aloud or associating words with their meanings. Confronted with a new word, 99% of the time I can make an accurate guess as to the meaning by recognizing parts of the word. In primary school my spelling was fine but I think it is declining as my vocabulary is expanding. in relation to Emma’s post, I can visualize things in my head easily. My handwriting is very bad especially when I’m writing fast. If actually try to make it neat then it looks fine. Another thing I just noticed is that when I write or type I am always spelling the word out in my head as I go. I have never had a problem with reading and love it. I read faster than most of the kids in my year 12 english class. I love electronics an read technical articles, data-sheets and explanations all the time with no trouble. I am just frustrated that I can,t write as fast as I can think (which is very fast indeed). I am not trying to compare my struggles with any of yours, I am just trying to understand myself.

  117. fiona -  September 14, 2011 - 4:36 am

    Reading this, I can definitely relate to many of the characteristics that you have all written about. Growing up I did not have any trouble reading, writing or spelling. In fact I was really quite good at all three. However, in about year 11, these skills started to deteriorate. I thought I was just becoming dumber. I wondered whether you could ‘turn’ dyslexic? None of my family members have dyslexia to my knowledge. When I try to read, I see the words but my mouth speaks something different. Sometimes the lines of words merge together to form words that aren’t even there. Other times I will skip words or whole lines when reading. When writing i often miss words or starting writing something that I wasn’t even thinking. I also find it a little difficult remembering how to spell certain words. I used to wonder why people were so bad at spelling but now I can definitely relate. Maybe I don’t have dyslexia, but there is definitely a glitch in my brain or a disruption in the communication between my brain, mouth, eyes and hands. What do you guys think?

  118. Lonecat -  September 14, 2011 - 4:33 am

    I am glad to be able to say that I am not dyslexic and consquentlly, I never make misteaks.

  119. zyra -  September 14, 2011 - 4:22 am

    don’t worry… the only cure for dyslexia is love… love can calm the mind down…

  120. Maria -  September 14, 2011 - 1:13 am

    It is clear that like most forms of difficulty, that some people are affected differently to others. Obviously some are affected badly by dyslexia, others not so badly. Like autism, it can be very mild or severe, so your experience may not be the same as the next person’s with dyslexia.
    Never say “anyone can overcome dyslexia” just because you managed it. Don’t accuse people of being lazy because their dyslexia is so severe that it makes them weary to go on trying.
    Everyone who has posted here is incredibly courageous and hope those who feel ashamed of their dyslexia, learned to totally ignore what other people say and see themselves as bright, creative and clever people.
    Eleanor Roosevelt said: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Don’t give people that power, be proud.

  121. Kt -  September 14, 2011 - 12:01 am

    @ramon sta. cruz: What is wrong with giving a name to this disablilty? I don’t mean to sound rude or anything, but it’s just a word. Like the words “man” and “woman”, I am sure no offence is intended towards dyslexic people.

    Also, if words like “autism” and “dyslexia” didn’t exist, well, imagine if a woman and her child go to a mental doctor because the child was three and still had not said her first word. How would the doctor be able to tell the mother about it?

    “Uh, exuse me, miss. Your child has that disability where you think differently, and react differently than other children. Know what I’m talking about?”

    But they do exist, so he would say:

    “Miss, your child had autism.”

    These words just exist for ease of communication.

  122. Kt -  September 13, 2011 - 11:52 pm

    @Cyberquill: “Have you ever had trouble reading?”

  123. Ashley -  September 13, 2011 - 11:21 pm

    I think anyone who can over come such a great and challenging thing such as dyslexia is to be marveled….I applaud each and every one of you for not giving up and pushing forward through your variuos Challenges :-)

  124. JJ -  September 13, 2011 - 11:15 pm

    I want to encourage all of the persons who have dyslexia. Tools that may be very helpful – I have found the Franklin Spelling Ace to be invaluable! A dictionary is hard to use when you do not know how to spell the word to begin with! DAH! Dictionary.com is the same issue. The Spelling Ace is for people like me who make a stab at it and then look up the meaning to make sure I have the right one.
    I am one of those they did research on years ago because they could not figure out how I could do the things that I do and have dyslexia.
    I know what it is to feel stupid, to feel rejected, to be made fun of, etc.
    However I know that each of you are very gifted and that there is a meaning and a purpose for each of you. You will bless someone when the need arises. The strength will come out of what you have been through.
    To the person who feels like they are retarded. Retardation is an IQ of 80 or less, at least that was the standard 10 years ago. The guidelines may have changed. I have seen no responses on here that have been from anyone with an IQ that low!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Spelling does not equal IQ!!!!!!!!!! I am living proof of that! Yes, we need to develop healthy attitudes to be able to stand up for ourselves and have out needs met! WE all deserve that!
    I am now 50. I have had a good carrier. I have a college degree 4 year. My teachers in High School had no idea how smart I really am. Several of them did but there were some that said I was not college material so I should not even try that. When I got into college I started to really flourish. I got out of the box they had me in and I found out I was actually very smart! HELLO!!!!!!!!!! I did the college without any of my professors knowing I was dyslexic. I got graded down because of my spelling errors – 1 to 2 letter grades! We did not have computers back then. The PC was not available or I would have made much better grades.
    I do not read great. I do great on comprehension. I listen intently! I did not skip my classes because that is how I learn.
    I still struggle and I understand each serious response that is on here. I did not have children because I did not want to pass on the gene that I have. It has been very difficult for me.
    If any of you have found help or have things that have worked for you.
    I would enjoy hearing what has worked for you. Techniques you have found helpful!
    My help idea:
    I have made a list of vocabulary words on my computer. It is a very long list.
    I have looked up the definitions for myself. I keep adding to my list each time
    I run across a word I am not sure about.
    When I was young I would invert my letters – db etc. The same ones you all have issues with.
    Dear people I do understand I have lived it too! No one can understand like those of us who have lived it!
    I believe the struggle has helped us become gifted with compassion for others. Kindness beyond measure.
    Dyslexic persons are often very gifted in other areas far beyond most! We are not ordinary – we are Extra Ordinary = Extraordinary!
    For me it is art and visual perception.
    Get an ATTITUDE! The right attitude! You are valued! You have meaning! You have worth! You will need it to accomplish what you are hear for! We get kicked down (after we heal) we just get back up and come back that much harder!
    Attitude is Everything!!!!!!!!!!
    “Blessings To ALL!”

  125. Jean -  September 13, 2011 - 10:16 pm

    I have always been told that I was dyslexic,but after reading the other comments I am begining to wonder if I am. Sometime I come accross a new word and have trouble working out the sounds. I can name each letter, but have trouble stringing the word together.My main trouble is with numbers.
    When I see a number writen down (mayby on a blackboard) or when someone tells me their phone number and I go to write it down, I write the numbers back to front.When I was at school, most of the time my work had all the wrong answers, I became shy and had no self confidence.
    I am now 60 years old and still have to consentrate on letters and numbers
    I have successfully been running my own bussiness for over 24 years. So my message to you is NEVER GIVE UP.

  126. Bil Paul -  September 13, 2011 - 10:02 pm

    There are many manifestations of dyslexia. It can be mild or severe. It is often combined with attention deficit disorder. Often, teachers and parents think a person with poor reading/writing skills is just plain lazy, when the problem may instead be with the “wiring” of the student’s brain. If a dyslexic person receives special coaching or instruction in a small class scenario with an experienced teacher, the person may learn ways to get around this impediment. But realize that dyslexic students have to work harder in school. It’s just a fact of life.

  127. kat -  September 13, 2011 - 9:24 pm

    I feel like I was just understood! I have Dyslexia.

  128. Lefty -  September 13, 2011 - 6:39 pm

    Cyberquill on September 12, 2011 at 2:45 pm
    “Have you ever struggled to read or comprehend words?”

    I don’t stand under this question.

    Good one!! I needed a good laugh!! Muchas Gracias Cyberquill as always a pleasure to read your posts!!

  129. Liza with a Z -  September 13, 2011 - 1:44 pm

    Never liked reading aloud and find that I read better following my finger as it glides across the words on the paper.

  130. Stinky Joe -  September 13, 2011 - 12:41 pm

    I still am not sure if I believe in Dog.

  131. Emma -  September 13, 2011 - 12:12 pm

    Dyslexia isn’t the problem with the recalling of words. People who are dyslexic see things in pictures and can see something from all angles by only looking at one side and that is what they try to do with letters. But the problem is letters aren’t 3-D, hence the jumble and people seeing them “jump” off pages.

    Read “The Gift of Dyslexia” by Ronald D. Davis (a dyslexic). It explains so much.

  132. austin -  September 13, 2011 - 11:37 am

    i am 15 and have dyslexia i when im writing sometimes i mix words up or forget to write them down completely its realy anoying and sometimes ill start reading from right to left without even knowing it when i was younger i use to write entire words back words but ill live through it so all those out thier with dyslexia its not all that bad :)

  133. Lenichi -  September 13, 2011 - 11:00 am

    I don’t have dyslexia, but my mom does. And every so often it’s possible to see that. But she never complained. She only told me once. And she’s also not from America, english is her third language. Her first is Romanian, her second is French. Dyslexia is possible to overcome; I see that in my mom everyday.
    What I hate though is people who have some sort of problem and use it as an excuse. I don’t have dyslexia, but I have something else (Not telling XP), and I will NEVER in my life even think about using it as an excuse. I will go on as every other living person, simply working hard, and I’m gonna get ahead of all you who complain even when you have nothing wrong with you and are just to lazy to work hard and do all the things we never can!

  134. Bunny Hop -  September 13, 2011 - 10:42 am

    Dyslexics of the world untie!

  135. Josy -  September 13, 2011 - 8:18 am

    Back in college, I worked in our writing center. My very first conference was with a dyslexic writer. I was only 18 and did not know anything about dyslexia, other than it made reading difficult. I went into it thinking that we were the same age, and we were accepted to the same college, so this writer must be intelligent. I won’t go into the long story, but we spent a lot of the time talking about her paper. The topic was fascinating, and I found a very smart, enthusiastic student, and we’re still friends a decade later. Her dyslexia may have made things difficult for her, but today she’s a fantastic teacher who really knows how to reach her students – and that each person learns differently.

  136. KC -  September 13, 2011 - 4:56 am

    Thank you all! It always helps to know that you’re not alone in the struggle. I admire you all and you have made my day. Hang in there!

  137. ramon sta. cruz -  September 13, 2011 - 12:16 am

    Dyslexia came about because of the wise guys that played god and set norms. There should not have been such a word in the first place. Yes, there are people who do not read, spell or pronounce words as good as the others but that does not give the so-called “experts” the right to have them labeled. There is no reason not to believe that “All men are created equal”. Other invented words that should not have existed in the first place: ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), OC (Obsessive Compulsive), Homosexual, Autism, &c.

  138. Tanyia -  September 12, 2011 - 8:13 pm

    HI I am Tanyia, I can read well, but i have a problem with reading all the time i read words that are not there. my children have some of the same problems too, and it is very stressful when i read things i don’t understand. Or try to read with understanding! so i practice every day.

  139. Jackie -  September 12, 2011 - 6:26 pm

    I’m therteen, and I’m not going to use spell chek:
    Yes i am dyslexic. I addmit it and am proud of it. Dyslexia runs in my family. when you first see me, you would never guess. i’m loud, and i have a very bubbly personality. I have been called Exuperant, And an outstanding student. i’ve never really had a problem with reading, i love it actrually. it’s the spelling that gets to me. when i first enterd middle school, i was failling spelling, and that affected my languade arts, reading and social studies grade. Noone could figure out why, But noone ever cheked my file. when my teachers found out, they where shoced.
    I’ve never struggled to comprehend words. Thank you.

  140. kitty -  September 12, 2011 - 5:51 pm

    I am dyslexic. As is my sister. As is my father. Both of them are doctors and I teach English in college.

    Don’t let anyone ever tell you dyslexia is a ‘handicap’ or use it as an excuse. The drive we used to learn how to read, to practice reading, is the drive one needs to succeed in life.

  141. Nick G. -  September 12, 2011 - 5:19 pm

    Dyslexia sucks, let me tell you. This is my experience with dyslexia.
    I feel retarded, I honestly do. At work at a restaurant and it gets busy. I will read a order and start making it. I will look back and reread the order, only to find that is says something different! So difficult to keep up when you have to sit there and R E A D each word.

    I can’t comprehend music, it sounds good but i can not understand how the dots on the lines work. I took piano for a few years, and I could play the keys just fine.
    Please understand I do not mean ‘keys’ synecdochically.
    That is to say I can press the keys on the piano, but my brain doesn’t have any pattern to press them in. I could not for the longest time memorize twinkle twinkle little star. I have no clue on the difference between pitch and tone.

    When I write by hand: my handwriting is atrocious. Despite my hand eye coordination being (I have been told) excellent. (not sure if it is something I benefit from dyslexia; or if it is a product of my time studding martial arts) I always mix up my d/b, L/J and p/q. My words don’t form lines as they go across the page; even when I write on lined paper! My letter/word spacing is not at all consistent. Sometimes I am thing of what I want to write as I am writing them out and I will start spelling the next word before I finish with the current word. As I am writing I will notice that I leave out some letters of words and have to scribble them in. I hate reading outloud. I read/speak SUPER slow when I do them both at the same time. Sometimes I say words that are different then what they are supposed to be. But I don’t even know when I do. Or I will get stuck on a word I can’t read. I can’t get past it. So utterly embarrassing.

    I can only spell about a fraction of my vocabulary. Phonetics are how I spell, I just try to break down words into individual letter sounds. witch which? I have no clue.

    Tell me to turn right, and I will turn right. But I am told all the time “the other right”. Tell me remember this word or that, ask me any time later: nothing.

    It is a challenge to live everyday with dyslexia. People tell me all the time that it isn’t that bad, or they knew someone else with dyslexia and they were fine.

    Being retarded sucks, I am not calling dyslexic people retarded. Please don’t misunderstand me. All I know is i am very different from normal and nobody makes any attempts to accommodate. People sit there and watch me struggle, it makes me feel retarded.

    Please try to understand!

  142. Beenish -  September 12, 2011 - 4:40 pm

    Princess Beatrice too is dyslexic.

  143. Scotty -  September 12, 2011 - 4:20 pm

    Its a pain in the neck, I deal with it every waking momment, but it has not stoped me from attending university and running my own business. Its a bump in the road but its not a dead end street…

  144. Booklover -  September 12, 2011 - 4:11 pm

    its funny, I am dyslexic and when i tell people that, they give me the strangest look and ask really? I reply yes, true its not a major case but it still affected me and reading out loud in class. This one time during class, I was reading out loud and i saw the word “the” but i couldn’t say. It was like I knew the word but my mouth and brain disconnected. At last after about 10 long seconds of agony the pronunciation came to me. But now i am in Honors English and Honors math, so it doesn’t mean that it’s not impossible to conquer dyslexia!

  145. Michelle -  September 12, 2011 - 3:17 pm

    I was “treated” as being dyslexic as a child and I have never had problems of missunderstanding words. It was more that my head and hand didn’t communicate the correlating letters the same. Where I might recognize an already spelled word as incorrect but when I was in the process of writing it I did not. I have continued to place inncorrect letters in place of another from printing letters, cusive writing and in typing all the same way… scrambled or upside down or sounding the same. I even have the tendecy to combine two words to create one word. But throughout all my struggles I still hold my love of reading and writing on par as my drawing. I love all odlf mybcreative outlets the same.

  146. Cyberquill -  September 12, 2011 - 2:45 pm

    “Have you ever struggled to read or comprehend words?”

    I don’t stand under this question.

  147. Lavendaya Valgrave -  September 12, 2011 - 2:40 pm

    I’ve been looking for a website that summed up dyslexia in a general sense for awhile. I myself have this due to genes but I must say that spelling has been the hardest thing for me ever since 1st grade. Even now I have corrected about five different words already. Thank you for giving a reader the courage to continue their writings and stories! :D

  148. Regina -  September 12, 2011 - 2:03 pm

    I still can’t read out loud, wich was hard when my children was jung, my spelling isent that good or my gramer. I dont have problem comprehending words, or I dont think i do

  149. Joy -  September 12, 2011 - 2:01 pm

    Not I myself, but I struggled alongside my oldest son as he learned to read. He has, or at least had, phonological dyslexia. (He was unable to read nonsense words) These days (at 14) he reads slowly, but when he reads he has no trouble with retention or comprehension.


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