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Do you realize how bad dyslexia can be?

Asked by Dig_Dug (4048points) 1 week ago
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I was just at TJBM and @Jeruba said: ”TJBM is a long way away from “back home.” Now no word is more than four letters long and I must have read that 10 times. I kept mixing up the words or leaving one out. Such a simple sentence kept messing with my head. Why I got so stuck, I don’t know but it can get so frustrating at times. Also, sometimes I can spell a 12–13 letter word that I rarely use and forget how to spell a 3–4 letter word that I always use.

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NoMore's avatar

You can overcome that. My oldest grand son has it but he does well in life. Hang in there and don’t get discouraged.

Dig_Dug's avatar

I couldn’t believe how simple this was and I got so stuck on it. This happens more often then I want to admit. Not all the time but when it does I feel so stupid :(

NoMore's avatar

You are NOT stupid. Winston Churchill had it, he was brilliant. It has nothing to do with intelligence. Don’t beat yourself up.

Dig_Dug's avatar

I’ll never get Perfecto-fish with dyslexia :(

NoMore's avatar

I’ll send you mine, no one will know the difference. : )

gorillapaws's avatar

It’s something I’ve had to work with my entire life. I’ve read that our brains are wired differently and that we’re using different parts of the brain to process written language than other people. That also means we have extra brain-power for other things than most folks. For example, I’m able to make connections between different things better than other folks e.g. I can go from A —> P and other people may need me to break things down A—> F—> J—> L—> P. Eventually I can get them there, but these leaps come more easily for me. I have no idea if that’s related to the dyslexia or not, or if there’s research to back any of that up. Ultimately I defer to science.

To the extent that it is related to dyslexia, I try to remember that with the crappy stuff, also comes some good things too.

As for words that ruin my day it’s though, thought, through, thorough, throughout,

Dig_Dug's avatar

@gorillapaws In reading your answer (just to show you what I had trouble with) when I got to: written language than other people I kept reading other than several times. When I got to: but these leaps come I kept adding from which is not even there. Also words like the ones you mention do mess me up also when they are very similarly spelled.

raum's avatar

Dyslexia isn’t about not being intelligent.

Most people have a dominant eye that takes lead. Weaker eye follows suite. However, most dyslexic people have two strong eyes that kind of fight over who is going to be boss. Hence the delay in processing. So while your brain may hiccup trying to read a seemingly simple line, you’re probably better at quickly scanning things. You see a lot of dyslexic people shine in fields where this skill is helpful. Like military scanning, graphic design etc.

The brain is an interesting thing.

Dig_Dug's avatar

@raum I know it’s like I see the whole sentence at once and try to read everything at the same time. I’m pretty good at those spot the hidden numbers in those colors things. Those are so easy.

NoMore's avatar

Well there ya go then Dig. Adopt Improvise Overcome : )

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Sometimes when I try to read my eyes, and head get all swirly. What I do to solve it is to get audio books. I am listening to “the Dao of Drizzt” , and I finished “Talking to Strangers”. I have both books and It helped to get the audio book equivalent.

YARNLADY's avatar

My youngest grandson has autism, is left handed and has dyslexia. He couldn’t read until fourth grade, but his teacher realized the issue and helped him. He is home schooled now because of bullying in the public schools.

Dig_Dug's avatar

My case is somewhat odd. In school I learned to read early and by 7 or 8th grade I was reading at college level. It wasn’t until after school I became dyslexic and it is so frustrating. I am also autistic on the upper end of the spectrum. Don’t tell anyone. Sorry to hear your grandson was being bullied, there’s no place for that crap anywhere let alone in grade school.

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