So I have a small little secret. Though I’m sure those of you who read me regularly probably won’t be surprised by this announcement. I am dyslexic.
There I said. I haven’t mentioned it on the site before. I didn’t want any of you to think I was using it as an excuse for my type-o’s, misspells, bad punctuation and those mysteriously missing words. Though I have to deal with dyslexia daily, I don’t want to use it as an excuse for any of my errors. I still hold out hope that one day I’ll actually get control this crazy affliction.
There’s a few different theory’s about how many types of dyslexia exist. Some say 3, others 2 and some say there’s even up to 8 different types. The reality is that there are no 2 cases that are the same.
Dyslexia effects everyone differently. With me sometimes the letters in my words get mixed up, but often its whole sentences that jumble up. The easiest way to explain it is to have you picture that feeling you get when you stare at a word too long. You start to question if that’s really the way the word is spelt. For me I don’t have to stare at a word for that to happen. Even as I type this sentence I’m thinking about the word “mentioned” that I typed out in the second paragraph. Spell check is telling me it’s right, I’m completely sure I spelt it right, but every time I glance up at it I’m convinced that there is something wrong with it.
Like I said, it’s not just words that become jumbled, whole sentences can basically look like they were blown apart. I can reread a sentence over and over see all the words there, but then an hour later realize that a word is missing. Editing an article is a whole different ball game. It’s 2 complete extremes. Either it reads exactly like I believe I typed it out. Meaning I see words that I meant to type, but they aren’t really there. Then there’s the other extreme where everything looks wrong even if it is right. Let’s discuss frustrating! I do have several friends who have my log on information so they can jump on and fix something I missed.
Just like anything in your brain, if you lack an ability your brain will compensate in other areas. So just like blind person might hear better, there are things that I excel at. I have a very good sense of direction and I’m normally a pretty good judge of character. If only I would listen to myself more often.
While I’ve learned to deal with dyslexia in my day to day life, I have a huge fear that I have passed it onto my children. Actually, it terrifies me that one of my kids could have to deal with this.
Many with dyslexia don’t realize that they have problem until their adults. Here are a few warning signs, but just because you have a few or even all doesn’t mean your Dyslexic! I encourage all of you to do your own research!!!
Common Signs for Adult Dyslexia
1. Can quickly become annoyed or distracted by noises
2. Misuses or mispronounces words with out realizing it
3. Difficulty remembering people names
4. Easily frustrated or annoyed
5. Low self-esteem
6. Stays with in personal work and social comfort zones
7. Doesn’t enjoy reading out loud
8. Possibly has difficulty getting thoughts out
9. Difficulty remembering verbal cues
10. Enjoys video games
11. Reading comprehension varies depending on subject
12. Words out of context can look wrong
13. Becomes bored or even tired quickly while reading
14. Tends to rely on others when it comes to written communication
15. Writes with all capital letters or mixes capital and lower case letters with in words
16. Uncertain when it comes spelling and punctuation when writing
17. Tends to write below their verbal understanding level
18. Tends to have a good sense of direction
19. Has difficulty focusing and staying on task, but enjoys multi-tasking.
20. Needs has to re-read sentences in order to comprehend.