What is Dyslexia?
The ability to distinguish directional orientation without relying on visual clues.
Poor Directionality (Dyslexia) Symptoms: Letter or word reversals, problems identifying left and right, difficulty with a sequence of instructions
Physical Symptoms of Poor Directionality: Ability to identify correct physical orientation such as left, right, up, down, etc.
Mental Symptoms of Poor Directionality: Using correct orientation in activities such as reading & writing (differentiating between “d” and “b” , “on” and “no” or “saw” and “was”)
To someone who has not experienced Dyslexia, its effects may seem surprisingly far reaching. Dyslexia hinders, to varying degrees, directional discrimination, or the ability to correctly identify physical orientation (left vs. right, up vs. down, etc.). Learning, more often than not, hinges on our capacity to distinguish between specific symbols that may look very similar to one another. Its most popular manifestation is letter or word reversals when trying to read, but it can also manifest as having difficulty with sequences of instructions (the order will get mixed up in the dyslexic person’s mind).
Happily, we now know more than ever before about dyslexia, its symptoms, causes and its treatments. Science advances every day and with the increase of scientific data comes knowledge. At Learning Technics, it is our obsession to stay on top of the latest developments in brain research as related to learning disorders. We know that dyslexia and symptoms of dyslexia can be treated through physio-neurotherapy, which is a series of exercises that builds up the brain connections responsible for directional discrimination.
Does my child have dyslexia? What are some symptoms of (dyslexia) poor directionality?
As young children, our intake of knowledge depends on our ability to identify objects in spite of where or how they are seen (upside down, backward or in a book). Even a young child can identify a chair whatever the design, size, shape or where it is located. However, when the child starts school, there is a significant jump in the level of visual and Directional Discrimination needed. He must differentiate between characters that look very similar such as d's & b's and p's & q's and between words such as mom and wow and on and no. Reversals are normal for younger students, but if these problems continue after the second grade, there is a good chance the student is experiencing problems with directionality. (Reversals can be caused by problems other than poor directionality-see tracking.)