Dyslexia is often misunderstood because the signs can vary widely from person to person. Because of this, engineer Mamta Singhal has shared her knowledge on what dyslexia is and how it manifests.
What dyslexia is and what it isn't
The NHS defines dyslexia as a common type of learning difficulty that can cause problems with reading, writing and spelling. But it doesn't mean that people living with dyslexia are stupid or poor performers. Yes, my spelling is poor, my phonetic skills may not be great, and I have trouble reading certain words. But many people still don't understand what dyslexia actually means.
How does dyslexia affect someone?
I realised I had dyslexic symptoms when I was about 12. It always felt like something didn’t quite connect. I had to work very hard to pass any language-based subjects. On the other hand, maths, science, art, drama, design and sports came naturally. People with dyslexia may:
- confuse the order of letters in words
- have poor or inconsistent spelling
- understand information when told verbally, but have difficulty with information that's written down
- find it hard to carry out a sequence of directions
- struggle with planning and organisation
- have good skills in other areas, such as creative thinking and problem solving.
Perceptions in society
Many people view those living with dyslexia as incapable, which is a very dated perception. Times have changed, and many well-known dyslexics are talking about how they have excelled not despite their dyslexia but because of it. There is a negative stigma in society about dyslexia. But it’s dated, hurtful and holding back some very capable people in reaching their full potential.
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