What kind of challenges does dyslexia present to individuals outside of the classroom?

I know that dyslexia can make school difficult for a lot of kids, but does it affect their social lives, or any other part of their day-to-day existence? How so?


Lisa Friedman, Inclusive Educator, Religious School Director, writer & speaker

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The answer to this questions will really vary from person to person. Just as no two people are alike, no two people with Dyslexia will have the same day-to-day experience.

That said, there are definitely challenges outside the classroom that children could experience. They may suffer from low self-esteem stemming from the insecurity around reading aloud or keeping up in class. Some may even have experienced teasing from their reading challenges, making social interactions harder. In addition, I have known kids with Dyslexia to get easily overwhelmed by the pace of a class or a large group interaction.

The opposite can also be a child's experience. Children may have learned to compensate for their reading weaknesses in other ways and may have a well developed sense of humor or other strengths in personal integrations. Verbal exchanges and understanding body language may come easier to them than reading and they may have many positive relationships.

In all, getting to know each individual as a person with likes & dislikes, strengths & weaknesses, etc. will enable you to help him/her find success in any situation.

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Nedda Gilbert, MSW, Educational Consultant, and Author

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Dyslexic individuals face many unique challenges outside of the classroom and particularly in their role as employee and yes, in their social life. It's important to remember that having dyslexia has nothing to do with basic intelligence - just how the brain processes information. Highly brilliant and creative people can have dyslexia. It's not uncommon for these two aspects of brain functioning to go together. In fact, i believe this is why many celebrities and famous entrepreneurs go out of their way to advertise that they have a learning disability or dyslexia. They want to debunk the myth and inspire others to succeed despite some limitations and challenges.

That said, when anyone functions differently from the way others do there are going to be misses and disconnects. It can affect job performance. It can affect relationships. It can wrongly suggest that someone is not as competent or is unable to communicate effectively. Or perhaps not situationally sensitive.

I agree with the answers provided by the other experts here. Some one-on-one work with a learning specialist can be very helpful in figuring out where there tends to be a problem with word retrieval, processing, spelling and speaking. This can vary with individuals. Developing strategies that may help trigger the correct words, or compensate can be very helpful. Exactly what this is, is very specific to the person.

Importantly, it may be helpful to avoid high stress situations and having to keep pace with others. A go at your own pace and less restrictive environment may be best where one's own creativity, individuality and contributions matter more than misstated words or spelling. This is one reason why many individuals with dyslexia wind up doing their own thing - and succeeding. It's kind of a square peg in a round whole type of thing. Finding the right place where unique skills scan shine - and likewise, finding and establishing social relationships with those who can appreciate the different - not wrong - way a dyslexic persons brain works - may be the key to feeling accepted and valued. It can be challenging to have dyslexia - but it need not defining.

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The same challenges that dyslexic students face in the classroom can also be encounter in everyday life from reversing information to having difficult with small talk or making spelling errors in text messages.

Thankfully, digital technology can provide significant help to students with spelling. Using the audio function on their devices dyslexic teens can dictate their text messages, emails, and have their messages read.

Second, word retrieval can create awkward moments for dyslexics teens as the wrong word is said or when their recall system goes blank. Help your teen develop go-to sentences for when their word retrieval system is not working. Redirect questions or statements work great in this situation. This strategy works great for small talk delays as well. One of my favorite sentences to use is "what are your plans this weekend? Or have you seen (insert movie)." Using these suggestions, help your teen or child develop sentences they can use in these situations.

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