Dyslexia - Frequently Asked Questions

Dr. Lakshmi Venkataraman
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Lakshmi Venkataraman, MD
Last Updated on Dec 28, 2019
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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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Employ dyslexia test for children, whenever you find your children finding it difficult to read with speed and accuracy.

consider this: if a (q)appears as a (p) and a (d) appears as a (b) qp db / bd pq when looked upon in a mirror. then the visual condition is neither Dyslexia nor Dysgraphia but rather the term strephosymbolia(Twisted Symbols) should be made use of . the term was coined by Dr. S.D. Orton to explain why people view text as if in a mirror & why they write in mirrored text (Backwards)from right to left , they must write in this text format in order to precieve text as if in standard format from left to right. No known medical cure to date, the gene DCDC2 linked to C6 & C15 cause strephosymbolia. paschar

This article is the problem with dyslexia. We are not ill or in need of treatment We have #D vision and can see so much more than most people. Learning to discipline that power is a rather different story, and being forced to interact with the 2D world, i.e. reading, takes special skills. But, we are great readers, often lovers of books, yet even better writers- precisely because we engage with language using all our senses. We read, but also 'see' the words, imagine the situation and from there our creativity really takes off. We read better out loud or when hearing someone read, and even envision the words on the page when we hear, while at the same time imagining the scene described and the possibilities in that space. Maps are also 2D representations that pose us problem, but once we have a visual image to anchor the 2D map, we can 'read' it better than any one AND retain the images in our memories, returning to places we've visited just once, etc. We know space, and are often in creative fields, but especially where we move through space and time, using the maxim number of our senses, which takes advantage of the 3D vision.


hi. i have two daughter's who were diagnosed with dyslexia. my older one u could see it more then the other one. my advice to some of u is to find a parent chat room for dyslexic children n they will give u advice n share different things with u. this is how i learned to cope with this.


my son, 11 years of age has dyslexia,actuallly i have noknowledge about that diseses,is it curable at d age of 11 or not plz rub me the way


i'm sorry but there is no cure but u as a parent need to learn how to help your child


dyslexia is a curable disease,u know how to help your child in his school activities,dont get tensed with his activities..take ur child for regular counselling...ur child can be cured.

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