One of the greatest pleasures in life lies in the pages of a great novel. The idea of books being able to activate the imagination and give you purpose, make you feel things on a deeper level are all true. It’s a fact that books are the gateway to new worlds and new ideas. You’re literally sifting through someone else’s imagination and enjoying what you see. The thing is, what do you do if reading isn’t something that comes easy to you?
What if you’re trying hard to finish an amazing book, but the words don’t make any sense? It can make you feel stupid, dumb, unable to concentrate. It can make you hate something you know that you want to love. What if it’s more than dumbness or stupidity? What if you’re dyslexic?
Dyslexia is not something that is easy to deal with, but it can unlock so many answers for you. Books for struggling readers are available for those who need help, but more than that, there are things that you can do to make your experience with dyslexia easier. The first thing that you need is an assessment and a diagnosis. To get this, you need to see your doctor or an educational therapist who can assess you. You may even be able to recognize the signs of dyslexia, but if you haven’t yet, here are some of the ways that you can tell if you’re dyslexic. Once you know them you can seek some help and start diving into those books you covet.
Some signs of dyslexia
- A difficulty in recognizing sounds is one of the first signs of dyslexia. Confusing vowel sounds and having difficulty rhyming, blending sounds into a whole word and being unable to differentiate between sounds are all common.
- Spelling and grammatical errors are very common in those with dyslexia. They spell words as they sound and mix up the letter sequence, and in some cases, the words can be spelled backwards. Dyslexia doesn’t mean that you are stupid: you’re already very smart. But this assessment can help you to get extra help to avoid these spelling issues.
- Those with dyslexia are largely finding letters difficult. However, there are some that are unable to remember number sequences and times tables. It’s not uncommon for sequences to be jumbled, written without spaces or even written backwards.
- When it comes to reading, dyslexic people often immediately forget what they have just read. They read slower, which can be very frustrating when they want to devour a book, and they often miss out words or even skip lines as they read down the page. Words and their meanings are difficult for those with dyslexia, and yet there are books and strategies in place for struggling readers to make life much easier.
- Some dyslexic people mix up their left and right, which is why some read from the right side of the page to the left instead of the usual way.
If you suspect that you are dealing with any of these things, you should seek some help immediately!