Dyslexia

Nicole Long, Opinion Section Editor/Staff Writer

This disability has no limit on age, and it affects the mind’s ability to read, write, spell, and/or speak. This learning disability is known as dyslexia. Some may suffer from difficulty reading, whereas others may suffer from difficulties with writing. These disabilities differ from person to person depending on how their brain was affected. Those who are dyslexic; however, process things differently from the average person, and through different methods. Many of these methods include: observing, listening, or memorizing, but they vary among individuals. Though, according to the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, “One thing we know for certain about dyslexia, is that this is one small area of difficulty in a sea of strengths.”

For the purpose of this article, Colt Roundup laid out some time to interview a sophomore named Tiffany, who was diagnosed with dyslexia as a baby. She explained that dyslexia is, “mainly mixing up words and struggling from it.” There are a few different ways that one can be affected from it, but the way it affects Tiffany is difficulties with reading and, “not knowing the correct words to use when writing.” She has said that a way that helps her learn a new word is by, “underlining or highlighting the word in marker or sharpie, and focusing on them, one at a time, over the course of one to two weeks.”

According to WebMD, “The condition stems from differences in parts of the brain that process language.” That area of the brain is known as the Parietal and Temporal Lobes. The Parietal Lobe’s function is to receive and interpret sensory input from all parts of the body, and the Temporal Lobe’s function is with speech, hearing, smell, and storage of memories. For those diagnosed with dyslexia, researchers have found that these lobes aren’t fully developed, which then disables that person of a few of these functions. Dyslexia is important to know of because a dyslexic brain takes more and longer steps to read and write than the average brain. Patience is the only way to make progress.