SOME CHARACTERISTICS OF DYSLEXIA
Karey: There is a tendency for dyslexics to be very intelligent. We look at dyslexia as a learning difference " a right-brained processing style". Depending on the research you're looking at, 10- 25% of the population has some level of dyslexia.
While some dyslexics struggle with reading, spelling and writing, for some dyslexics, their challenge shows up in math and processing, or in an inability to understand instructions as they are given.
Most dyslexics think using many images - their mouth tripping over itself trying to keep up. They know what they want to say but can't find the words. They can see the ideas in their minds but can't express the ideas well in written or spoken form. They're thinking so many things at once that other people have a hard time following and understanding what they're trying to say.
We can often recognize a dyslexic student through their writing: they may start a thought at the beginning, and then finish the thought later in the middle of the paper. That's because they are trying to say everything that's in their mind all at once and it just comes out.
As well, dyslexic students are generally extremely spatial and this begins to impact them in terms of understanding instructions. They tend to sense all around themselves at once. So, if a teacher asks them to point to the back of the chair, they need to get very specific: the student will ask if it's the front or back of the chair back that they should point to.
They have a need for complete instruction. For example if a boss puts a package on the desk and asks them to mail it, they won't do it if they don't understand the full instructions (or are afraid to ask). They don't know whether to send it UPS or Canada Post; take it to the post office or get someone to pick it up; send it to arrive tomorrow or next week, etc.
So, these students are the ones asking a million questions (even if the questions were already answered the week before). They are very literal and need to know if each situation is the same or different. They never assume and always want to double check.