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How to Diagnose Dyslexia

Friday, 27 May 2011 02:44 PM

Dyslexia is a defect in the brain’s processing of written and spoken language. Contrary to popular belief, it is found in children as well as adults. Diagnosis of dyslexia is confirmed after medical, cognitive, educational, and psychological evaluations. Many dyslexia tests and evaluation methods are available.

First, a comprehensive record of the person's developmental and medical history is taken. Evaluation of visual, hearing, and neurological functions by an expert is carried out, e.g., asking the person to read some odd words loudly and to write them.

Psychological assessment helps to rule out other problems like anxiety and depression, which need to be differentiated from dyslexia.

The child is asked to go through some educational tests like checking of handwriting, spelling mistakes, ill-shaped or ill-sized letters, (dysgraphia), etc.

Dyslexia in adults, on the other hand, is diagnosed by finding some symptoms like confusion in directions, lack of planning and organizing abilities, and difficulty in spelling some words. Only a specially trained expert can interpret the observations, input from the teacher and parents, developmental history, and results of test analysis to confirm the diagnosis.

For more information on dyslexia, see below:

Dyslexia: Top 5 Symptoms

Dyslexia: The Latest Medical Breakthroughs

Dyslexia: Top Natural Supplements for Treatment

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