Dyslexia - Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctor should I consult for dyslexia?

You should consult a pediatrician or a general physician.

2. What is the prognosis of dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a lifelong condition. However, specialized help can lead to marked improvement in reading and understanding.

3. What can be done to prevent dyslexia?

One cannot prevent dyslexia. Dyslexia runs in families and therefore the affected families should make every effort to recognize existing problems early. Early intervention provides a more favorable outcome.

4. Is dyslexia contagious?

No, it is not contagious but it can run in families.

5. Can dyslexia be considered a mental illness?

Dyslexia is a learning disability and not considered a mental illness.

6. Are language-based learning disabilities common?

In general, 15-20% of the populations suffers from language-based learning disabilities out of which dyslexia is the most common. Reading deficits occur in 70-80% of the children in special education centers.

7. Do you think there are more dyslexics now than before?

No, this fact has been refuted by experts although more dyslexics are correctly identified due to more awareness and knowledge about different learning disabilities.

8. Is it too late to get help for dyslexia if you are an adult?

No, it is not. Although early intervention is preferable, intervention at adulthood can be effective too. For example, multisensory structured language techniques work equally well with adults too.
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