It does seem as though we are getting closer and closer to determining what causes dyslexia. But what happens if we actually find a solution. There is no doubt that having dyslexia can be challenging - but there is also no doubt that many of the worlds best thinkers are and have been dyslexic. Think of a world with no Steven Spielberg or no Albert Einstein. Would the world be better off? I think not.
People have often wondered what causes dyslexia. Now, researches at Northwestern may have determined.
According to lead author of the study Nina Kraus, Hugh Knowles Professor of Neurobiology, Physiology and Communication at Northwestern, the biological underpinnings all revolve around the brain and a seemingly unrelated action – a person’s hearing ability.
According to Time magazine "The researchers, who reported their findings in the Journal of Neuroscience, recorded the automatic brain wave responses of 100 kids aged six to 13 as they heard speech sounds. The brains of the more adept readers encoded the sounds, or processed the speech into brain waves, in a more consistent way than those who struggled to read. The latter group tended to show more erratic and fluctuating patterns, which understandably meant that their brains were less able to consistently connect sounds with words. That in turn could interfere with their ability to read, since reading in part involves a virtual hearing of printed language. “Understanding the biological mechanisms of reading puts us in a better position to both understand how normal reading works and to ameliorate it where it goes awry,” study author Nina Kraus, a professor of neurobiology, physiology and communication at Northwestern University said in a statement."
Read more: http://healthland.time.com/2013/02/20/researchers-find-a-biological-marker-for-dyslexia-in-kids/#ixzz2Lb0S1L7k
There have been a lot people people talking about autism and aspergers recently - and some have asked about the link between the autism/aspergers and dyslexia. As far as I can tell from research, there is no link, but there are a number of people that have both, just as though there are people who are overweight and have blue eyes.
For people looking for a forum on the subject, try wrongplanet.com which is a forum for people with autism and aspergers. Check out http://www.wrongplanet.net/postt223887.html.
There are a lot of famous people with aspergers including Dan Akroyd, Al Gore and Bill Gates.
There is no question that early diagnosis is the best thing for dyslexia. But testing is expensive and people are not even aware of what really dyslexia is. I came across a very interesting site/company that does on-line testing for dyslexia.
It called lexercise at http://www.lexercise.com. I have not don the actual testing, but it offers a free simple screening that takes 10 or so minutes. They also offer some reading support through their technology.
Personally, I think the value of understanding if you are dyslexic is so valuable. Many tests can cost up to $5000. this offers a free test and full evaluation for about $500. It's worth looking at.
Why are dyslexics so good at so many things and what do they see that others do not. Most dyslexics are able to see the whole picture at once - while others see it one step at a time. It allows dyslexics to see far ahead with vision.
A lot of people feel bad about themselves, but depression is more common in people with dyslexia. There are likely a number of reasons for it, but the main reason likely is because they see the world differently. It would be like being the only left handed person in the world. As a lefty, many simple things would be tough, like using a can opener, but many things would be much easier, like playing first base. Anyway, focus on what is right rather than what is wrong.
Just a reminder of all the great people that are a were dyslexic - in the video below. Henry Ford, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison just to name a few.
There are some good resources for dyslexia, but not enough. One of the best I have found is called DyslexiaEd.com which is full of great videos from experts around the world on dyslexia. There are so many, but one of the key points of the videos is this those with dyslexia have a hard time reading because they were not born to read - they were born without that skill potential well developed.
The man who started the network has written a great book called The Power of Dyslexic Thinking.
Check it out.
With dyslexia occurring in up to 20% around the world, people are starting to realize the mass audience. A team in Indonesia is working on a new game to help those with Dylslexia using the x-box platform to help with balance.
According to the Jakarta Post (http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/02/05/ugm-students-create-form-game-therapy-dyslexia.html)
According to the blog Additude, there is a new documentary that shows how kids with learning differences, if given the right resources, can be very successful.
"I Can’t Do This But I Can Do That introduces us to five children who are mislabeled as slow or lazy. These resilient children and their families, who speak plainly and evocatively about their learning differences, get the right help, tap into their strengths, and leave their challenges behind. "
To test for dyslexia you will need to connect with a local clinician or school district. If you are looking for just a quick self test - you can find one at
Give it a try.