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Dyslexia-What Are Its Types?

A lot of people are confused with the meaning of dyslexia.

What exactly is dyslexia?

Dyslexia actually has two meanings.

The first meaning is the literal meaning since it is based on the etymology of the word itself, “Dys” means problematic or wrong then “lexia” means pertaining to letters or words. Literally, the word dyslexia refers to difficulty with words. People that have problems with words have dyslexia.

The second meaning is more wider when it comes to its use and its application. This is usually used by dyslexic adults and parents of dyslexics. In the application part, dyslexia refers to a lot of symptom such as problems with spelling, writing and reading, poor memory, does not have physical coordination and has difficulty in hearing.

This means that the word dyslexia really depends on how it is being used.

In the year 1973, Newcombe and Marshall subdivided the word dyslexia and they describe each kind dyslexia. The first ideas were about the double deficit dyslexia, surface dyslexia and phonological dyslexia.

Here are the types of dyslexia:

A. Surface dyslexia

One of the symptoms of surface dyslexia is when the person is having mistakes and is inconsistent with the English pronunciation. Here is an example, the word bowl is pronounced as howl and the word pretty is pronounced as jetty.

B. Phonological dyslexia

Phonological dyslexia is the difficulty of grasping the phonics of the English language. Those individuals that have phonological dyslexia are those that have difficulty in reading new words.

C. Double deficit dyslexia

There are people that have both kinds of dyslexia such as phonological dyslexia and surface dyslexia and the term that they use for this condition is double deficit dyslexia.

D. Visual dyslexia and auditory dyslexia

The visual dyslexia and auditory dyslexia are from the magnocellular theory. In this theory, people with dyslexia are neurologically weak in their magnocellular cells in the thalamus part of brain. This part of the brain is where they process visual and auditory information.

There are studies that shows, that people with dyslexia have difficulties in processing auditory information and visual information.

This means that children that have poor visual skills but have average hearing skills can be diagnosed as visual dyslexia, and those children that have poor hearing skills but average visual skills are diagnosed with auditory dyslexia.

E. Orthographic dyslexia

Orthography is a group of letters and symbols that creates a language. The english alphabet has 26 letters, while for the Chinese and Japanese language they have thousands of different kinds of symbols. This means that orthographic dyslexia is problems with the identification and manipulation of letters in spelling, writing and reading.