Symptoms of Dyslexia in High School Children & Teenagers
What is Dyslexia in Teenagers?
Dyslexia is a disability that specifically deals with learning. Dyslexia is of a neurological origin. It is NOT a disease and being dyslexic has nothing to do with being intelligent. It is a hereditary or a genetic condition.
Teenagers with dyslexia have difficulties with accurate and fluent (or both) recognition and utterance of words. These difficulties result from deficiency of the phonological factor in language which in turn hampers the growth of vocabulary and knowledge among them.
Is Dyslexia found in Teenagers?
Yes, Dyslexia is found among teenagers. A child is born with dyslexia and as they grow they struggle to learn or remember or express themselves in words.
Signs and Symptoms of Dyslexia among Children in High School (Teenagers)
Dyslexic teenagers tend to have all of the above signs and symptoms of dyslexia and a few more as they grow older.
- Might have difficulty in processing information that is auditory in nature.
- Dyslexic teenagers have a tendency to lose things and often have poor organizational skills.
- They are slow at reading as compared to the teenagers in their class.
- Their reading comprehension is very low.
- Dyslexic teenagers will face difficulty in remembering the names of people or places or both.
- They may even have a hesitant pattern of speech and will not be able to use appropriate words in their sentences.
- It is usually difficulty for them to organize ideas while writing a letter or paper.
- Dyslexic teenagers will be poor in spellings.
- They will have difficulty in recollecting numbers or even phone numbers in a proper sequence.
- As these teenagers will be relatively behind the children their age they will have a lower sense of self-esteem due to frustration and failure and inability to grasp things faster.
- Dyslexic teenagers may be excellent navigators or be very bad at directions. They may not even be able to find their way back to their cars.
Do not jump into conclusions that your child is dyslexic just because he/she portrays one of the above signs or symptoms. The child must portray a cluster of dyslexic symptoms before being diagnosed for the same.
Can a Dyslexic Teenager Learn or be Taught?
The answer is, YES! A dyslexic teenager can be taught to read, write, spell and even pronounce and understand words and their formation. Dyslexic children can be phonologically trained and taught to absorb and process information in a manner that will make them understand words and sounds. They will definitely take up more time as compared to other children.
If diagnosed at an early stage of childhood it will help them to receive necessary training and treatment to overcome future educational problems. However, remember that dyslexia is not a disease, it is a disorder and it can be treated at any point of time.
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