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Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that affects reading and spelling. It occurs when the brain is unable to translate written words into meaningful language. Dyslexia is sometimes also called “specific reading disability”.

Dyslexia affects between 3 and 10 percent of the population and is the most common learning disability in children. People with dyslexia are born with it and often have other family members with the condition. Individuals with dyslexia can learn and be productive, however they may learn in different ways. Often people with dyslexia have average or above average IQ.

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Last reviewed: July 2016

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Dyslexia in children - myDr.com.au

Dyslexia is a language problem that affects many people. Find out about the symptoms, causes and how to help.

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Teen Health - Health Topics - Dyslexia - what is it?

Dyslexia literally means having trouble with reading, but the word is often used for other problems such as spelling problems or trouble with maths.

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Kids' Health - Topics - Dyslexia

The brain is like a really clever detective. It collects all the messages from all your senses, (seeing, hearing, touching, smelling and tasting), then uses them like clues to work out what is happening all around you, thinks things through and tells you what to do very quickly.

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Not eating well, not getting enough sleep, feeling unhappy or scared, having problems with family or friends are some of the reasons why a kid can be having problems learning.

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A specific learning difficulty is when children (and adults) are able to do well in some areas of learning, but unexpectedly have problems with other areas.Dyslexia (or difficulty with reading) is the most common type of the specific learning difficulty, but children may also have problems with number skills(dyscalculia) and writing (dysgraphia),as well as some other less common language and learning difficulties.

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