What is a learning disability?
"Learning Disability" is a more general term that refers to a difficulty in total learning. The terms learning disability, dyslexia, reading disability and perceptual problem are frequently used interchangeably. Learning disabilities are divided into two types: primary (inherited) and secondary (caused by a physical factor that interferes with learning).
What is dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a condition in which the brain interprets visual messages inconsistently. When light enters the eye it passes through the pupil to be absorbed by the retina, a light sensitive tissue that lines the back of the eye. The retina changes light into impulses, which are transmitted to the brain. The brain interprets the information and tell us what we are seeing. The brain may be receiving wrong information or have trouble processing information sent by the eyes.
People with dyslexia may have trouble reading, or may not read at all. Sometimes they see words in reverse, like they were reflected in a mirror.
Early diagnosis is crucial, it is difficult to diagnosis before the age of six. Have your child medically assessed to rule out problems with vision, hearing, or other physical disorders. A full-scale assessment for learning disabilities through your school system is also of paramount importance.
If you suspect you child may have a learning disability, call for an eye exam today!