Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Dyslexia is a learning disorder characterized by difficulty reading. Also called specific reading disability, dyslexia is a common learning disability in children. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about dyslexia in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Dyslexia is a learning disability that can hinder a persons ability to read, write, spell and sometimes speak. Dyslexia is the most common learning disability in children and persists throughout life.

The severity of dyslexia can vary from mild to severe. The sooner dyslexia is treated, the more favorable the outcome; however, it is never too late for people with dyslexia to learn to improve their language skills.

Children with dyslexia have difficulty in learning to read despite having traditional instruction, being average or above intelligence and an adequate opportunity to learn. It is caused by an impairment in the brains ability to translate images received from the eyes or ears into understandable language. It does not result from vision or hearing problems. It is not due to mental retardation, brain damage or a lack of intelligence.

Theres no cure for dyslexia. Its a lifelong condition caused by inherited traits that affect how your brain works. However, most children with dyslexia can succeed in school with tutoring or a specialized education program.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.