The first things anyone should know about both Dyslexia and Attention Deficit is that they are:
- two separate (but often inter-related) conditions.
- often misunderstood by physicians and laymen alike.
- often “hidden conditions” – that is, they often go undiagnosed.
- potentially disruptive to a person’s emotional well-being when the conditions go undiagnosed.
What is Dyslexia and Learning Disability?
A language processing difficulty, which manifests in a person’s ability to read, spell and write.
Dyslexia is a learning disability that affects students to reads and writes and working memory. Dyslexia may affect several different functions including visual dyslexia is characterized by number and letter reversals and the inability to write symbols in the correct sequence.
Auditory dyslexia involves difficulty in auditory processing of sounds of letters or groups of letters. The sounds are perceived as incorrectly.
“Dysgraphia” refers to a student difficulty handwriting. learn more
Attention Deficit Disorder is a mental condition that affects a person’s ability to concentrate, limiting their attention span and their ability to focus on the tasks at hand. Generally, an offshoot of ADD, ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity) is easier to identify – because hyperactivity is noticeable. In addition to the symptoms of ADD, ADHD can cause impulsive behavior, which often results in problems at home or in the workplace.
As with Dyslexia, children and adults with ADD are often improperly diagnosed and unfairly stigmatized. To the untrained eye, they may appear rude, lazy, or frustrated. They may come across as individuals with poor social skills; they are often made fun of or persecuted by others for these qualities – which, of course, only serves to further isolate them and exacerbate their disorder. However, the truth is that these individuals suffer from a chemical imbalances that affect their brain neurotransmitters. Food sensitivities, environmental toxins, or any number of other circumstances may cause the imbalance.
But the bottom line is this: people with ADD or ADHD simply need assistance. When properly addressed, the symptoms associated with their disorders can be reduced dramatically.
Okay. Before we proceed any further, congratulations are most certainly in order! We re proud of you! You re magnificent! Give yourself a huge pat on the back!
Why do we say this? Because – look at all you ve done for yourself so far!
You ve finally gotten out from under that huge, nameless rock that s weighted you down your entire life. You ve bravely struck out on your own and explored what might be the cause of your discomfort. Do you realize how few people have the courage to do this? There s an old saying: “misery loves company.” In the case of most adults with undiagnosed Dyslexia or Attention Deficit, the sad fact is that ignorance of their disorder has conditioned them to accept life as a constant struggle. A pain to be endured. Misery.
If you ve taken the first three steps listed above, you deserve all the happiness and freedom that s coming to you. And trust us: one you ve gotten a handle on your learning disability, you won t believe how interesting, rewarding, bright, and hopeful your life will be. It ll be like being reborn into the life you ve always wanted and knew – deep down – you deserved.
So you re ready to go get tested! Great! But first – you should know a little more about the various types of tests that are available to you. We ve listed a few categories below to get you started.
To simplify and avoid confusion I created two separate categories: