Although dyslexia was originally called “Word Blindness”, it has nothing to do with how well a person can see.
|Somehow, I don’t think these make words pop
off the page or help with dyslexia.
By Snaily (Own work) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0],
via Wikimedia Commons
I have nearly perfect vision, but my dyslexia is still undeniable.
However, the underlying mechanisms usually point to how our brains process visual information, which is why digits look backwards to us and why words appear to jumble.
Today, though, this article popped up in my Google alerts. The article states that auditory processing, rather than visual, is the primary trigger to dyslexia.
In many cases, this does make sense, since so many dyslexics also struggle to function in the presence of background noise. This includes yours truly.
Especially today. Honestly, I’m inches away from smacking my head into the wall at the moment.
This does make sense, though. Think about how a child is first taught how to read.
Often, they’re shown a short word, like “dog” and told to repeat the word. As they get the basics down, more complicated words are addressed.
When that child either can’t understand what their teacher is saying, how can they associate what the weird markings on paper mean?
|I’m sure waking up repeatedly to the sound of a crying baby
doesn’t help with dyslexia, either.
Honoré Daumier [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
This may also help explain why dyslexic kids do so much better when given a radio receiver through which they hear their teacher’s voice. That maddening background noise is dramatically reduced, and the student is allowed to concentrate on what they need to learn.
The article goes more in depth to the theory.
Although it makes sense in a lot of ways, I still don’t fully understand the visual element or the difficulty between left and right in regards to the theory. Maybe I just need to do some more research on it.
It’s worth a glance over, at least. I especially like how the author acknowledged that each individual must be treated differently. No two dyslexics are alike, after all.
In other news, I took a trip to the library today and picked up The Gift of Dyslexia. Once I get through it, I’ll post a review.
It’ll be a unique experience, since I’ll be reading The Tommyknockers by Stephen King at the same time