4th APRIL 2017
12 Interesting Things You Didn’t Know About Dyslexia
BY J.S. VON DACRE
"Dyslexia is not due to a lack of intelligence, it's a lack of access. It's like, if you're dyslexic, you have all the information you need, but find it harder to process." - Orlando Bloom
Dyslexia is the most common learning disability, which consists of difficulty with using or processing linguistic or symbolic codes, numbers or letters. Chances are that you know someone (or a few people) who are dyslexic.
Yet, how much do you really know about this condition? Here are 12 interesting things you didn’t know about dyslexia:
1. Those who do not have dyslexia, use three sections of the left side of the brain when processing language. People who have dyslexia use the right side of the brain to process this function.
2. Having dyslexia does not mean there is an issue with language per se. It stems more from an issue within the phonologic module of the brain–this is the area responsible for putting together words or sounds.
3. Having one parent with dyslexia means that there is a 50% chance that the child will inherit it, however, if both parents have dyslexia, then there is a 100% chance that the child will have it.
4. Approximately 40% of people who have dyslexia will also have ADHD.
5. As dyslexia is not an illness there is no “cure”.
6. People with dyslexia tend to have a higher level of creativity and intellect.
7. The word “dyslexia” is a combination of the Greek word “dys” which means inadequate, and “lexus” which means language.
8. The first recording of someone with dyslexia was by Dr. W. Pringle in 1896.
9. Some of history’s greatest geniuses had dyslexia: Mozart, Edison, Einstein, Churchill, and Lennon, amongst many more.
10. People with dyslexia use about 5 times more energy when processing mental tasks.
11. Dyslexia consists of 50% left handed, and 50% right-handed individuals. Yet, only 11% of people are left-handed. This means that there is a higher chance of being dyslexic if you are left handed.
12. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 15% of the population has dyslexia.
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