Maynard Counseling Center in Lexington, Kentucky offers comprehensive assessment and evaluation services for dyslexia, a neurological learning disorder that affects reading, writing, and spelling.
What is Dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a learning disability that affects a person's ability to read, spell, write, and sometimes speak. It is a common condition that can cause difficulties in processing and understanding written language, and can also impact a person's ability to comprehend and use verbal language effectively. Dyslexia is not a result of lack of intelligence or poor teaching, but rather a difference in how the brain processes information. It is often diagnosed in childhood and can persist into adulthood but with proper support and interventions, people with dyslexia can learn to manage their difficulties and achieve success in school and in life.
What are Dyslexia Symptoms?
Some common symptoms of dyslexia include:
1. Difficulty with reading and spelling
2. Trouble recognizing and sounding out words
3. Poor reading comprehension
4. Difficulty with writing and organizing thoughts on paper
5. Problems with processing and understanding spoken language
6. Difficulty with learning new languages
7. Confusion with letters and numbers
8. Problems with following instructions
9. Poor memory for sequences or details
10. Difficulty with time management and organization.
What causes Dyslexia?
The exact cause of dyslexia is not fully understood, but it is believed to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Some possible causes include:
1. Genetic factors: Dyslexia tends to run in families, suggesting a genetic component. Certain genes have been linked to dyslexia.
2. Brain differences: Brain imaging studies have shown differences in the brain structure and function of people with dyslexia, particularly in areas involved in language processing and reading.
3. Environmental factors: Exposure to certain environmental factors, such as low birth weight, prenatal exposure to alcohol and tobacco, or certain complications during pregnancy or birth, may increase the risk of developing dyslexia.
4. Neurological factors: Some research suggests that dyslexia may be related to differences in the way the brain processes language and information, particularly related to phonological processing and the ability to decode and recognize the sounds of letters and words.
It is important to note that while dyslexia has a neurological basis, it is not related to intelligence. People with dyslexia often have normal or above-average intelligence, and with appropriate support and intervention, they can learn to read and succeed in school and beyond.
Our team of experts is trained to accurately diagnose dyslexia and provide personalized recommendations for intervention and support. We use a variety of assessment tools and techniques to evaluate the individual's reading, writing, and language skills, as well as their cognitive abilities and processing speed.
With our thorough assessment, we can help individuals and their families understand their strengths and challenges related to dyslexia, and provide guidance on the most effective interventions and accommodations to support their learning and development.
If you or someone you know is struggling with dyslexia, Maynard Counseling Center is here to help. Contact us today to schedule an assessment and evaluation with Dr. Ines Maynard.