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    The term "dyslexia"
    By maryteach

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    The term "dyslexia" gets thrown around a lot, and usually in conjunction with kids who are not dyslexic at all. Not all reading disorders are dyslexia. There are many, many different types of dyslexia, each with different "symptoms." There is rarely anyone in a public school, including me, who can diagnose or successfully remediate true dyslexia on their own. That's because there are several different places within the brain where dyslexia can arise. Each type of dyslexia is entirely different from the other types. I can tell you that the dyslexic are usually very, very intelligent, even gifted, sometimes.

    Anyway, you should always take it with a grain of salt when you are told, especially by a parent, that a child is dyslexic. Only a neurologist can diagnose dyslexia, and as I said, most reading disorders are NOT dyslexia. And yes, the reversal thing is very common and is actually not one of the first indicators.


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