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Dyslexia Syndrome and Related Visual Stress.

Dyslexia causes difficulties in personal organization, timekeeping, math, reading, writing and spelling which will affect self-confidence and may trigger anxiety, frustration and poor self-esteem. Stress reducing hypnotic techniques can really help

Dyslexia is a genetically inherited condition thought to affect an estimated 10% to 15% of the UK population. Because it is a syndrome no two people are affected in the same way. The main difficulties centre on poor short-term memory, visual co-ordination, visual stress and difficulty with information processing. Dyslexia creates difficulties in personal organization, timekeeping, maths, reading, writing and spelling. Without adequate support, self-confidence is undermined triggering anxiety, frustration and poor self-esteem. Hypnotherapy may help memory function and is a relaxing, easy and proven methodology that may help to lessen the feelings of stress that people with Dyslexia struggle with. Hypnotherapy can also help reduce concentration difficulties by boosting self-confidence, reducing anxiety and improving self-esteem. Some of the effects of dyslexia can be alleviated, but dyslexia cannot be cured. Dyslexia is the most common cause of childhood loss of self-confidence. It can lead to misery, depression and even suicide. Sometimes the frustration leads to vandalism, violence and criminal behaviour. Dyslexia seems to account for a majority of school children with special educational needs and is by far the commonest cause of disability among University undergraduates. All too often, children with Dyslexia have at some point been mocked or made to feel stupid, embarrassed and humiliated by the UK education system. Unfortunately teachers training programmes often fail to make any mention of dyslexia and teachers still qualify with no understanding of the basic teaching techniques, essential to assist the learning needs of a Dyslexic child. People who inherit Dyslexia are often highly talented in everything except reading and spelling. If they survive their earlier education, many become successful in the arts, therapy, commerce, architecture or engineering. Like Einstein some may become superb at math and are usually extremely skilled in puzzles, identifying hidden patterns, inventions and ‘thinking outside the box.’ Bletchley Park, the site for British codebreakers during World War II, actively recruits staff diagnosed with dyslexia for their Code and Cypher School. Research by Trondheim University, North Norway, has identified at least nine genetic factors involving chromosomes 1, 2, 6, 15 and 18, for further information or an assessment contact Dyslexia Action. To find out more about the Dyslexia related visual impairments, Mears-Irlen Syndrome and Convergence Insufficiency - Google: Professor John Stein (Oxford University) and listen to some of his lectures on you-tube. Dyslexia is specifically listed as disability under the Chronically Sick and Disabled People Act 1970 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. It is also covered by the Equalities Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act. Employers therefore cannot discriminate against an employee or student who is diagnosed with Dyslexia or any other disability. Extra support and training for adults diagnosed with disabilities may be available via Access to Work. Contact through your local JobCenter Plus. Many people with Dyslexia are intelligent and very creative. To find out more about the effects, benefits and creativity of having Dyslexia read ‘The Gift of Dyslexia’ by Ronald D Davis [1997]. For good quality cheap second hand books see Some of the famous people who are/were Dyslexic include: Albert Einstein, Graham Alexander Bell, Whoopi Goldberg, Richard Branson, Cher, Winston Churchill, Walt Disney, Leonardo da Vinci, Susan Hampshire, Thomas Edison, W.B. Yeats, Jamie Oliver and Kara Tointon. To see Kara’s story Google: BBC 3. Don't Call Me Stupid.

Posted: Friday 3rd November 2017

Last Updated: Tuesday 13th March 2018

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