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Dyslexia

Skills That Can Be Affected by Dyslexia

By Emily Lapkin

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Some people think of dyslexia as a learning issue that only involves reading. But brain differences associated with dyslexia can make a number of tasks difficult. Here’s an overview of skills and behaviors dyslexia can affect.

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Skills That Can Be Affected by Dyslexia
Dyslexia affects more than just reading. It can make a number of tasks difficult—some of which may surprise you.

Language
This affects the ability to:
• Understand and follow directions
• Repeat something that was just said in proper sequence
• Name people and objects
• Find the right words
• Pronounce words properly
• Distinguish between words that sound similar
• Learn and correctly use new words
• Use proper grammar
• Rhyme words
• Stay on topic
• Understand jokes, puns, sarcasm or idioms
• Speak with confidence

Reading
This affects the ability to:
• “Sound out” and pronounce words while reading
• Read smoothly
• Get and stay interested in stories and books
• Understand written material
• Understand word problems in math
Writing
This affects the ability to:
• Master the rules of spelling and grammar
• Write letters, numbers and symbols in the correct order
• Proofread written work
• Express ideas in an organized way
• Organize and complete written assignments
• Listen and take notes

Socializing
This affects the ability to:
• Interpret body language and nonverbal cues
• Make and keep friends
• Deal with peer pressure and express feelings appropriately
• “Fit in” with kids the same age

Other Skills Affected
This affects the ability to:
• Navigation and sense of direction
• Spatial concepts like telling left from right
• Remembering words, phrases, names and directions
• Filtering out background noise
• Telling time and sticking to a schedule
• Maintaining self-esteem
Graphic of Skills that can be affected by dyslexia
Graphic of Skills that can be affected by dyslexia

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Emily Lapkin

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Reviewed by Sheldon H. Horowitz, Ed.D. Dec 20, 2013 Dec 20, 2013

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