Exploring Dyslexia and its Implications Essay

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Exploring Dyslexia and its Implications

Introduction

Imagine yourself in a crowded room. You are sitting at a table with other people your age, reading a book out loud, and it is your turn. You look up at the other people, terrified because nothing is coming out of your mouth. You can't manage to force even one word out because you don't know how to read. Now, imagine yourself as a teenager. This is what it was like for fourteen-year-old Anita, a dyslexic. Life was horrible for her. She said that "Dyslexia makes you an outcast, and people think you are dumb...It's like racism; people are just prejudiced" (McConville, 2000). Feeling useless, she got herself into a lot of trouble: drinking, smoking and two attempts of suicide.
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For example, reading horse instead of house.

3. A relative may also have reading disabilities.

4. They show difficulty in remembering the orientation of letters. For example, reading bog instead of dog or saw instead of was.

5. They decide whether they are left or right-handed much later than other children.

6. They not only have difficulties reading, but in other areas as well, such as writing and spelling.

(Kaluger & Kolson, 1978).

What causes dyslexia?

Researchers have found what they believe are the causes of dyslexia, but many of these causes are not proven. They are theories based on studies done in the past.

1. One study done by researchers at Imperial College School of Medicine in London and the University of London found that many dyslexics are lacking two important fats that are needed for a healthy brain: EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docasahexaenoic acid) (Fraser, 2001). This will be explained later in this paper.

2. Reading dysfunctions appear to be very rare among females, thus the reason for this theory: researchers believe that dyslexia might be caused by is how people are born. Baby boys are more common to have larger heads when they are born, and if they are born to a woman who has a smaller pelvis, then their head will be pressured. This will, in turn, retard some of the brain's functions, most often, the reading and writing section (Kaluger & Kolson,

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