I was asked today if I enjoyed reading things upside down. A rather odd question don't you think? I responded with, Yes. I enjoy reading, in any form. But the question got me thinking about the misconceptions about dyslexia and what it entails. There are many different facets to any Learning Disability and dyslexia is one of the most complicated. When last I checked there were approximately 18 different learning disabilities that were considered subsets or parts of dyslexia. Anything from dysnomia (Inability to remember names) to dyscalculia (Inability to do math) and even nonverbal learning disabilities (Difficulty recognizing facial expressions and tone) all can fall under dyslexia.
Due to this wide variety of symptoms and diagnosis Dyslexia is, in my mind at least, an umbrella term for learning disabilities in general, and has become the catchall diagnosis for the Learning disabled.
But back to my original issue. There are many notions and even disagreements about what it means to be dyslexic and I would like feedback and especially questions from people reading this blog so I can try and clarify things. Please don't be shy. Either as comments or as e-mails or whatever, please speak up and I will respond to them with my next post.