Do various dyslexia types exist? No. According to the International Dyslexia Association, there is only a single kind of dyslexia. This means that various types of dyslexia don’t exist. Specific symptoms in the end do exist and if a person is not showing all or most of them, they are not classed as having dyslexia.
The difficulty for a child with dyslexia lies in accurate or fluent word recognition, and they additionally struggle with poor ability in spelling and decoding words. If a child demonstrates poor spelling ability, but has no trouble decoding words or reading fluently, then they do not suffer from dyslexia. They are just a poor speller. The child may even show other symptoms which could indicate sequential memory disorder, but they do not have dyslexia.
The barrier faced by dyslexics is word recognition, spelling, decoding oral language processing and phonological processing, not to mention accuracy and fluency. Their poor scoring on comprehension tests is because of accuracy, decoding, difficulties and fluency issues. They may have a poor vocabulary, but that may be by virtue of reading less because they find reading difficult. Moreover, they may have impoverished vocabularies and miss new words by virtue of decoding problems.
Once again, there is only a single kind of dyslexia, in the end it does have many symptoms. A child my additionally test poorly in other areas simply because of the fact that they have dyslexia, but this deficiency is not symptomatic of dyslexia itself. Once a parent suspects that their child may suffer from dyslexia, they ought to have their child evaluated to discover if their child’s reading problems do indeed fit the definition of dyslexia.
A dyslexia evaluation needs to furthermore pay for the background of the child, their school attendance, intellectual ability and oral development. Once the IDA assessment has been carried out, then a specialized programme is created that starts with the child’s current reading ability.
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