How we see dyslexia
As an observer, you may have the impression that the child doesn’t listen, is lazy, doesn’t concentrate, is careless, etc. while the child is often not aware those things happen or has no idea why and how they happen, nor what he can do about it.
Most of these symptoms are happening when the child is disoriented which can be caused by the emotional states in which the person is, pain, fatigue, being hungry, and by all kinds of things happing in the environment. Telling the child he needs to concentrate is no help because he can't help it and will bring only more confusion.
He's not Concentrating, impossible on purpose
- May be able to produce very good work one day, while the next day he doesn’t.
He’s not Listening
- Hear some talking but don't take in the words and fully comprehend.
- Has difficulty in remembering a list of instructions.
- Has sequencing problems.
- Has problems getting his thoughts together coherently for story or essay writing.
- Is able to answer the questions orally but he can't write them down.
- Has found that the less he writes the less trouble he gets into for making mistakes.
- Has difficulty in organizing his work.
He is slow
- Has difficulty in copying accurately: Needs to look at each letter or word, write it, then look at the board again, find the place, and so on...
He's Careless, He doesn't Look Carefully, He's not Checking his Work
- Has a very poor handwriting; as to hide his poor spelling, he knows there is something wrong with the spelling but can’t see the right spelling. Or, there isn’t a sufficient hand skill to control the pencil.
- May spell the same word several different ways. Is not able to see the wrong spelling or feels there is something wrong with the spelling but can’t figure it out.
- May have a visual memory deficiency and therefore have trouble when interpreting symbols.