Understanding Reading Disability


Do you notice that your child has a problem in reading out nursery  rhymes or other sentences?  Does your child pause when reading each word and take a long time to move from one word to another?

If you notice that your child is a slow reader then you should have the child undergo a reading competency or a dyslexia test. The results may establish that your child suffers from reading disability or dyslexia. Dyslexia is a learning disability where the individual has difficulty reading and processing written language.

Dyslexia is different from improper or inadequate training in reading and is not connected with intelligence in any way. It is a disorder of a neurological nature.  Dyslexia should also not be confused with reading disabilities that develop only account of poor or inadequate teaching practices.  Such reading disabilities can be corrected with training in phonetics.

Dyslexia however, is an inherent training disorder.

The World Health Organization defines the reading disability as a disorder manifested by difficulty learning to read, despite conventional instruction, adequate intelligence and socio-cultural opportunity. It is dependent upon fundamental cognitive disabilities, which are frequently of constitutional origin.

Dyslexic children are in no way, inferior to other children in terms of intelligence. However, there is no known cure for this condition, in strict medical terms. That is why it is necessary to diagnose this condition as early as possible to make sure that the child has the right opportunities to learn.

With specialized training and teaching, dyslexic children can be academically at par with other children. Dyslexic children may require their lessons to be taught through audio or in a taped form. They might require to be assessed in a different form and to have extra time to complete their studies, homework and to take their exams.

Agatha Christie, George Washington, John F Kennedy and Tom Cruise are a few examples of dyslexic children. Look at what they have achieved in life. If your child is dyslexic, there is no reason that he or she cannot come up to the same mark.