How do they figure out when some one has dyslexia?

United States
February 16, 2009 3:12am CST
do they just notice the way the person is spelling or writing out things? is it possible to have such a mild case it not go noticed or diagnosed? i have never known anyone in real life that is dyslexic but i know i read that when some one has ADD that they will some times screw up writing things as if they were dyslexic but not all the time but every once in awhile which made me wonder how they didnt get mistaken as having it more.. how do they treat it? do they just like have special classes to like correct and teach them how to view things or something??
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@bombshell (11266)
• Germany
16 Feb 09
never heared that kind of sickeness?whats that about?
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• United States
17 Feb 09
its a learning disability where some people will read things wrong or write letters or words backwards etc.. i dont know much about it but it seemed like it used to be pretty common till lately
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@bombshell (11266)
• Germany
17 Feb 09
ahhh yeah i understand what you mean.i learn something again from mylot thanks moon.
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• United States
16 Feb 09
My dad is dyslexic. He had to take a bunch of tests to confirm that it was dyslexia and not something else. Then they taught him some excercises and stuff to keep him from mixing letters and numbers up. He still has to be careful but in general it doesn't affect him that much. I suppose a mild case could go unnoticed. I do not know anyone with a mild case though. My dad has moderate dyslexia and he is the only one I know.
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• United States
17 Feb 09
sounds really frustrating!
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@manlovt (59)
• United States
16 Feb 09
This is a very common problem most poeple do not have any idea that they might have it or there children.It cannot be cured but people can be taught at any age by a person who has a of patients.It is not any thing to be ashamed of,the brain is just working differently that some one who does not have it.There are a lot of tests a person can take to let them know just what kind of problem they have.
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• United States
17 Feb 09
yeah its like something you have heard about but unless you have it or have a reason to look it up you dont know much about it
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@sedel1027 (17854)
• United States
16 Feb 09
I know there is a test for dyslexia because we had my son tested. We had him tested because he had issues reading and writing certain letters (Like d and b). He ended up not being dyslexic and we put him in a special reading and writing program and now he is way ahead of his classmates LOL Remember a long time ago there was a Cosby's episode where they found out the Theo was dyslexic, they just taught him how to work around his issues. I think that is all the do now.
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• United States
17 Feb 09
well at least he is way ahead now so it wasnt a waste of learning even though he wasnt!
@mammamuh (582)
• Sweden
16 Feb 09
There are several tests to be done to see if a person has dyslexia. It's not "treatible" like a cold or something, but with the right assistance it will make life easier. Computers and spelling programs are used at least here in Sweden.
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• United States
16 Feb 09
i guess treatable was the wrong wording.. but yeah i knew it wasnt something that you could just get over but had to have something to help with such as those programs you were talking about..
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@dlr297 (5418)
• United States
16 Feb 09
when im righting numbers down i have to be real careful because i always wright them down wrong. I don't know if its dyslexia, but i have always had it.
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• United States
16 Feb 09
well i have ADD and i have had times where i will look at a word and it just look jumbled or when i try to copy it down i jumble it when i copy it.. i was home schooled so its not like i had regular teachers that would have been trained to notice it if i had it but i think im come this long and gotten this far that if i some how do have it very slightly that i have some how figured out how to deal with it.. but it does worry me sometimes
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@mariposaman (2967)
• Canada
17 Feb 09
I do not know how they treat it. I developed Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and it affects your brain. I seem to have acquired with it an inability to read, acquired spelling difficulties and dyslexia, things which I did not have before. I now have to use the spell check in Firefox when I do posting like this. I would find I would come back and find mistakes that I did not notice when I first made them. The worst thing I find is a series of numbers. I will transpose them even when I am very careful not to. My short term memory seems to be affected too. I find it worse when I am tired, then things do not seem to work properly at all.
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• United States
18 Feb 09
thats EXACTLY what i am talking about!! i never had this problem before but since my fibro got worse its gotten way worse!! maybe its just that and not being dyslexic
• Canada
18 Feb 09
I believe that fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome are two different faces of the same coin. Fibro worst symptom is the pain, CFS is the fatigue. Both have the pain and fatigue as well as the unrefreshed sleep, brain fog, depression, weight gain or loss, and smatterings of other vague symptoms like the pressure points and strange immune responses. I believe the disease(s) are a neurological disease that affects the brain and nerves body wide. I used to be an avid reader. Now I can read half a page and then I find I am looking at the page and nothing in going into my brain no matter how long I stare at it. If I put the book down, rest and try again the same thing happens, another half page and then the words do not go into my brain. I actually read a book this way that I desperately wanted to finish. It took me three weeks but I finished it. Before it would have taken me days, not weeks. It is like my brain is running out of a chemical or energy and when I rest it comes back until I tire it again. My brain/neurological syptoms seem to get worse as I tire, and I tire very easily. Strangely the brain fog is always there in some degree, only very rarely does it lift for a half hour or sometimes more and I realize clarity of thought briefly. Then the fog comes back inevitably. It can be frustrating because there is so much I cannot do or do with great effort. I get the dyslexia really bad in rare instances. Sometimes aggregated by overworking, poor lighting or bad fonts, I find the words on the page start to dance. It is hard to read when the words are doing a dance like a conga line across the page. In those instances I give up on reading, and I can understand why the dyslexics give up on reading. Other times I find I can read more if I read out loud, sort of a regressive step but it helps. Thanks for listening.
@sharay (2776)
• India
16 Feb 09
There are three or more types of dyslexia that can affect a child's ability to spell as well as read letters check this site for more details: http://www.medicinenet.com/dyslexia/article.htm
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• United States
17 Feb 09
i didnt know there was more than one type.. thanks for the info!
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@sharay (2776)
• India
17 Feb 09
Thanks for the BR, moon
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• Lubbock, Texas
17 Feb 09
From your response to dlr, I'd say you have dyslexia. When my children were growing up, we didn't know about it. My son's middle name is Frederick and we called him Freddy. He's spell it Frebby as much as he did Freddy. In the second grade he discovered he could spell his first name right every time and started going by it. He had a harder time learning to read than the other kids, he never could say or write the alphabet and still can't read for long periods of time because it's so much of a struggle it gives him a headache (he's in his 40's now), but he has adapted and taught himself to pick out key words on a page to get the general idea. He was never professionally diagnosed, but when he was a senior in high school his English teacher told him that he displayed many of the symptoms and she worked with him to help him adjust. My grand daughter has ADD, and seeing a word as jumbled letters is not a problem for her, so I think that is a separate issue for you. I don't know how it's diagnosed, but several other people have given you good responses on that.
• United States
17 Feb 09
i used to read a ton when i was younger but it seems the last couple of years i have had a problem with it and one of my health issues can cause mental fogginess so i dont know if its that or maybe i am slightly or what.. i can function so i dont think i will really pursue it but i was still curious
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@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
17 Feb 09
Dyslexics exhibit symptoms some don't exhibit all of them...I'm dyslexic but I dont have trouble reading where as my aunt is and she has alot of trouble reading. My trouble is with numbers and with multiple choice exams mostly. I was tested at the age of 18 because i was having MAJOR issues with exams when the teachers knew i knew my stuff. The school i went to for k-12 never tested me...but they let me do long answer questions in lieu of the multiple choice ones. The tester checks samples of school work, they talk to the parents regarding history problems noticed... There's classic mistakes people with dyslexia make that they check for (i cant remember them off hand) but as an example i tend to write my numbers backwards...like looking at them in a mirror. After being diagnosed with dyslexia it was nice because i had special considerations for exams in college...like i did the exams separately if they were m.c tests and i talked through them with someone listening...and they'd mark as i went and mark after wards where i knew my stuff but selected the wrong answer. It helped alot i went from having 50% marks or lower in those to having 90% or better. The low marks before really frustrated me...and made me happy that in high school they let me write out answers and gave me marks for that! It also makes me very veyr happy i have spell check. this link might help a bit...not the one i originally used to find a tester 8 or 9 years ago but...it has similar information http://www.dys-add.com/testing.html NOT a referral link.
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• United States
18 Feb 09
i seem to screw up things when i re write them.. like if i am copying something or writing down something some one told me it gets all jumbled and screwed up.. it might just be my add but thanks for the link and explaining that you didnt have problems reading.. i am a great reader and always have been but i cant read aloud or i screw up the whole sentences.. i figured since i could read good that there was no way in my having signs of it
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@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
19 Feb 09
I have trouble reading out loud as well...I can read faster to myself!
@1rickyme (146)
• India
17 Feb 09
I really don't know what is dyslexia is. But I do some mistakes while writing or ringing after the completion of the work, I check out the complete, work once again then if I get any mistakes committed i recorrect them it happens to me always I don't know whether it is a dyslexia or not.
• United States
12 Sep 15
Dyslexia can mimic signs of ADD. Dyslexia is more than spelling it's also things like information retention and processing. If you don't understand or remember things of course you don't pay attention because you are already so lost and confused. There are special schools as well as reading programs to help them with their coursework.