The Effects Of Dyslexia On Children And Children With A Wide A Variety Of Learning Disabilities

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Dyslexia is an inherited condition that makes it extremely difficult to read, write, and spell in your native language, despite having an at least average intelligence. Dyslexia is very common, but has only been talked about in recent years. It was 1878 when German neurologist, Adolph Kussmaul, first used the phrase “word blindness” describing what we know as dyslexia today. The word dyslexia was first used by Rudolf Berlin of Stuttgart, Germany, in 1887 to describe the inability to read. In 1905 W.E. Burner published the first report of childhood reading difficulties in the U.S.. It was not until 1925 that an American neurologist Dr. Samuel T. Orton proposed the first theory of how specific reading difficulty arose. That was the true breakthrough of not only this learning disability, but of many others. Numerous forms of learning disabilities were being studied at this time, but became widely recognised in 1939 when Dr. Alfred Struss and R. Heinz Werner published their findings on children with a wide a variety of learning disabilities. Then many psychologists at that time started trying to figure out what the disorder was all about. In 1963 in Chicago, psychologist Dr. Samuel A. Kirk becomes the first to use the term “learning disability” at an education conference. In 1969 Congress passed the first federal law mandating support for children with learning disabilities But many who had dyslexia would not talk about it because it was not something that was ever brought up…

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