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Speech and Language Therapy

Every Child has a different nature. Language therapy must be designed in consideration of the child's nature. There are some general observations that form the foundation for a speech and language treatment program.

Communication skills are important. It includes not only speech, but also facial expressions, smiles, gestures, pointing, high five signs, and alternative systems such as sign language and computer-based systems. Adults and children are more likely to interact when they can understand and be understood. At home, in school, and in the community, a functional understandable communication system facilitates relations.

Although there are common speech and language problems, there is no prescribed pattern of speech and language common to all children with Down syndrome. There are, however, speech and language challenges for most children with Down syndrome. Many children with Down syndrome have more difficulty with express language than they do with understanding speech and language, that is, receptive language skills are typically more advanced than expressive language skills. Certain linguistic areas, such as vocabulary, are usually easier for children with Down syndrome than other areas, such as grammar. Sequencing of sounds and of words may be difficult for many children. Many children have difficulties with intelligibility of speech and articulation. Some children have fluency problems. Some children use short phrases, while others have long conversations. All of the speech and language problems that children with Down syndrome demonstrate are faced by other children as well. There are no speech and language problems unique to children with Down syndrome. This means that there is a great deal of knowledge and experience that can be applied to helping a child with Down syndrome with his / her specific areas of challenge.

The speech and language treatment program should be individually designed based on a careful evaluation of each child's communications patterns and needs. It is especially important to include the family as part of the treatment team. The child, family (including siblings and extended family), teacher, friends, and community members can all contribute to the child's communication success. The speech-language pathologist can guide, inform, and help facilitate and enhance the process of learning to communicate effectively. But language is part of daily living and must be practiced and reinforced as part of daily life.

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The Gift Of Dyslexia: Being Wired Differently, Dyslexics Come Out Of Your Closet To Become Leaders


In a backwoods Oregon logging and farm community grade school, classes 4-8 all in the same room, each year my new teacher was most concerned about my 70-80% hearing deficiency. My “Deafie” mother saw to that. LOL And I thank heavens 馃檪

My inability to spell was attributed to my not hearing. No one ever noticed that I usually had all of the letters in my mis-spelled words … just not in the right order.

I was a sophomore in a Portland, Oregon, BIG-city high school before I ever heard the word dyslexia. Because I was such a slow reader, my school counselor suggested that I take “A Special Reading Class.”

A “Tkisstascope” that flashed a group of words or numbers – for a fraction of a second – onto a classroom screen was used every day in the class. I learned to see the numbers but – again – I was writing them down in the wrong order.

The “Speed 鈥嬧婻eading” instructor asked me to stay after class one day. Here, I was “Informed of,” and had a “Word for,” my life-long-learning-problem, “Dyslexia.”

The “Spiritual” teacher said that she was Dyslexic also. That many gifted people have had Dyslexia as well. I Am sure that Australian, Evelyn Wood, of “Reading Dynamic's fame – who program came later – was dyslexic.

“Most people consider Dyslexia to be a handicap, Russ,” she said. “I know better.” So did Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Benjamin Franklin, and Leonardo da Vinci. “We are wired differently,” she laughed. “It makes us” Gifted Ones “better able to communicate directly with God.

This is really the 1st time that I have told anyone about my Dyslexia. Not even my sister, brother, or even my mother, were ever informed. I guess it must be my time to come out of my Dyslexia Closet. LOL

Dyslexia might well account for some of the challenges that my children have experienced in schools? My son, Douglas, is “Left-handed.” My mother would not allow me to be. Mom was appalled when I refused to change Douglas to becoming “Right-handed,” as she had switched me. Mother did insist that my son hold his fork in the “Right” hand.

As for me, I am “Ambidyslextrous.” Yup, I did it again. I've just coined a new, “Right-meaningful” word. 漏 Rascal Russ Miles 2007. I determined that I should post this “Right-Up” as an ezine article. Perhaps my disclosure will bring some other Dyslexics out of their Respective, Restrictive, Closed Closets?

(NKJV) John 8:32 “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

We can “Come out!” Not as victims, but rather as the Kings, the Princes, the Queens, and the Princesses. We ARE “God's Chosen Compassionate Rulers Of This Planet Earth.” Quit allowing others to bully you! Jesus did not let Himself be pushed around. He knew Whom He was, and IS, and He can again manifest that “Perfection” through US: The Perfect Lamb of God! Jesus was “Dyslexic” also.

(NASB) Hebrews 9:14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Rascal Russ Miles 漏 2007

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Learning Disability – Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability and is concerned with writing and reading. Most children learn to read by the age of six, but in children suffering with Dyslexia there is a delay at which the child begins to read, sometimes they are still unable to read even in the second grade.

Some symptoms that a child is Dyslexic are

. Spelling difficulty is a common symptom. Some words commonly misspelled by Dyslexics are many, any, they, said, enough, friend and some words may be spelt in the following way, journey is spelt as jerney, or search as serch and knock as nock.

. Dyslexia is hereditary, that is, it runs in families and is of a neurological origin, that is, it is caused by a failure in the brain that is concerned with language. It is even thought that it may be caused by lack of hearing at an early age probably due to ear infections.

. The strongest indication that a child may be Dyslexic is that although the child appears to be bright, he / she has problems reading, or spelling or coping with mathematics.

. They get confused between left and right and with directions such as East and West.

. Inability to follow simple instructions.

. They are unable to organize themselves.

. They get confused with b / d and p / 9 they therefore tend to write b as capital, that is, B to avoid the confusion.

Dyslexia is not limited to children but it can go on right through into adulthood. It is equally common in both girls and boys and not more prevalent in boys as originally thought to be.

Dyslexics even though they have a problem with writing, spelling and reading are of average intelligence or above average intelligence. They usually exhibit talent in sports, music, art, designing, drama, mechanics, engineering and sales. They are usually considered to be lazy, immature and careless or they may be thought of as individuals who do not try hard enough or may be even termed as having a behavioral problems. Because of their abilities they often feel frustrated and are emotional and suffer from poor self-esteem. They also tend to have a very short attention span.

How you can help your child who is Dyslexic

You can help your child if he suffers from dyslexia by talking to your child and explaining to him / her what exactly it is and that is not a failing on his / her part. The better your child grasps this, the better he / she will be able to deal with it.

As a parent, you should be supportive and patient and show plenty of love as your child's self-esteem may be affected if he / she suffers from a learning disability. Very often, children who do suffer from a learning disorder are very talented; therefore, his / her strengths and talents should be encouraged.

The home should be made as comfortable as possible for your child to study in. Take care to give him / her a well-organized, quiet and clean place for your child to study. Also have a particular study time for him / her. Also provide plenty of nourishment and rest along with plenty of family support.

Joining a support group thereby staying in touch with parents of other dyslexics will also be an added benefit in providing you with support emotionally and relevant information.

Keeping in constant touch with you child's teacher can be beneficial in that the teacher becomes fully aware of your child's disability and then both parent and teacher can work in conjunction in various ways to help the child.

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Speech Dysfunctions In Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson's disease often affects the patient's ability to speak clearly and this is often considered one of its worst symptoms. For many patients, the loss of their ability to communicate clearly to others is heartbreaking. For these patients, they have the added problem of feeling as if they have some sort of dementia. It is important to remember that a Parkinson's patient can hear himself just fine.

It has been estimated that between 65-90% of Parkinson's disease sufferers will absolutely have problems with their speech, and these problems can become apparent in explicit ways which include speaking in either a monotone or unintelligible gibberish. At times, patients hesitated before actually speaking which can give the impression that there is some memory impairment or dementia with the patient. At other times, the speech is faster than normal, and very often the same words are repeated over and over. Again, this can give the impression that the patient is suffering from dementia or memory impairment problems.

Dysarthria is another speech problem associated with Parkinson's disease. This speech problem shows itself in ways such as a weak, soft spoken, slow or incoherent speech. As both the pitch and volume of speech is also affected by dysarthria, speech speech becomes unintelligible.

Dysarthria is caused by the speech muscles weakening and becoming uncoordinated due to the Parkinson's condition. Severity can vary from one patient to the next. In fact, some patients may have this in very severe form, while others may only have slight effects from it.

Speech therapy can often help with this problem for some patients. If speech therapy is carefully introduced in conjunction with medication extremely good results can often be achieved.

Voice exercises to improve vocal cords and muscles can also improve speech difficulties caused by Parkinson's disease. Regular voice exercises can be very effective.

Regardless of the therapy used, a person with Parkinson's disease who is also suffering from a speech impediment should always be treated with consideration and patience. Visitors should remember that they need time to formulate their words and then must deliver the words through the mouth. It can frustrating for both parties, the speaker and the person listening to the Parkinson's sufferer, but patience and respect must win out. Trying to get the speaker to speak faster will only make the problem worse.

Everyone should keep in mind that Parkinson's disease steals many things from a person. The fact that it can also steal a person's ability to communicate only makes it more dreadful.

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Treating Dyslexia

Dyslexia has become a term that most people are familiar with. They believe it means reversing letters and numbers, which is true, but in my work with children I have found that it encompasses so much more than just reversals. What I have primarily found is that these children are highly intelligent, yet their world can not seem to hold still for them. Can you imagine your world floating or moving? That is what these kids deal with daily. Can you imagine your world changing daily, hourly, or by the minute? That is what is on these poor kids' plates. And yet, we ask them to sit still, read, do math, mind and follow directions, and the list goes on.

There are many forms of dyslexia. The dyslexia most people think about involves reading and reversing letters. Recently I was working with a dyslexic student and told her mom that she was having a hard time reading the silent e. I gave her some activities to help her. The next day the mom called me. The student had indeed inherited her dyslexia from Dad. When Mom was telling Dad about the silent e, he replied, “Well, that's because we do not see it.” How simple is that? Can you imagine not being able to see a letter right there in front of you, a letter so important that it can change the sound and meaning of a word? Can you imagine how stupid you would feel if you read the word site as sit? How about if you did it in front of your reading group or the entire class? How about if your teacher is not kind and makes you feel stupid in front of the whole class when you make a mistake such as this? It happens daily.

Dyslexia may show up in math, writing, handwriting, or spelling. I have worked with kids who could read so well it would amaze you, but give them some math problems, and they fall apart. Also, they may not reverse letters or numbers. They may have an auditory form of dyslexia. Some of these kids can not focus because they hear the computer whirring away but only hear every third or fourth word the teacher might say.

And we wonder why these kids are failing. We wonder why many of them become behavior problems or retreat into a silent, strange world. I think I might have to get up and move around the classroom if it could not hold still. I can guarantee you that a teacher would not sit for hours on end if she had this problem. And the sad truth is that these kids are probably smarter than the straight A student who mom is bragging to you at soccer practice. If you are the parent of a dyslexic child, you may have given up or you may think your child is dumb. That bragging can get pretty old.

Dyslexia can be treated. I do not know if there is a cure, but I do know this. I have had students who write backwards or in mirror form, who could not read or write, who were failing school and life. After working with these kids, most have been on the Honor Roll or close to it. The most severe dyslexic student I have ever had was misdiagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. Her mother was told by the school to plan on institutionalizing her when she grew up because she had no future ahead of her. She was 9 years old and could not read or write. She could not do first grade math. She is now reading, writing, and doing math. No, she is not yet on grade level, but I have no doubt that within a year she will be close. My first indication that she had a world that would not hold still was how she held her head. You see, it was tilted to the side constantly. Each week when she comes, that is one of my biggest victories. Her head is no longer tilted, which means her world is starting to settle down. She can now settle down and get on to the business of learning. I am convinced that she is intelligent. I am convinced that she does not have Asperger's Syndrome. I am convinced that as we work on spatial issues and visual and auditory processing activities as well as brain retraining that this child will lead a normal life. She will be reading and writing like any other kid her age.

The progress each child has will differ. I have had kids show huge growth in a few weeks. Other kids will show nothing and then one week they seem to know everything. Some kids will just plod along at a steady pace. Do not give up on them. Keep the kindness and patience alive for them, because you are all they have to fight this battle. I usually work with a student once a week for a year before the student is able to function in a classroom and have decent grades and test scores. I have had some degree students for two years. The students who make the most progress get daily help. Once a week is not enough to lick this thing.

Most parents are relieved when they actually get a diagnosis. However, they must understand that if a student has dyslexia, then he will not always see ab as a d. It may be ap or aq another day. This just seems to drive parents nuts. They had just gone over the b the day before and now the kid is saying it is ap! Keep in mind that their worlds are not constant. Not much is constant in their brains, and yet you will hear some of the biggest bits of wisdom you have ever heard come out of their mouths. There truly is intelligence in there. If you have a problem you can not seem to find the answer to, find a dyslexic child or adult and ask his opinion. You will be astounded at his insight. These are the most intuitive kids I have ever met, and most have a sense of humor that is so advanced that they are one step ahead of you.

So, how do you know if your child has dyslexia? Following are some general symptoms of dyslexia that can serve as a guide for the steps you need to take if your child has these symptoms.

路 Slow, labored inaccurate reading of single words in isolation

路 Slow, choppy oral reading while ignoring punctuation

路 Becomes visibly tired after reading for a short time

Poor reading comprehension

路 When reading, frequently reverses, inverts, or transposes letters or words

路 Substitutes similar looking words, even if it changes the meaning of the sentence, such as sunrise for surprise

路 Omits or changes suffixes, such as need for needed

路 Spelling errors of reversals, inversions, or transpositions

路 Continuous misspells sight words or errors sight words

路 Written work shows signs of spelling uncertainty

路 Misspells even when copying something from the board or from a book

路 Unusual pencil grip when writing, often with the thumb on top of the fingers – a fist grip

路 May hold the pencil lower or higher than normal

路 The pencil grip is so tight that the child's hand cramps

路 Writing letters is a slow, labored, non-fluent chore

路 Writes letters with unusual starting and ending points

路 Has great difficulty getting letters to sit on horizontal lines

路 Unusual spatial organization of the page. Words may be broadly spaced or tightly pushed together. Margins are often ignored

路 Has an unusually difficult time learning and using cursive writing

路 Writes extremely short sentences

路 Takes an unusually long time to write

路 Displays very poor mastery of punctuation as well as grammar, syntax, and suffixes

路 Misspells many words

路 Has nearly illegible handwriting

路 Uses space poorly on the page

路 Misses many errors in written work even when proofreading has been attempted

路 Left-right confusion, mainly showing up in handwriting and math

路 Difficulty in directionality – confuses north and south or the meaning of words such as right – left

路 Tying shoelaces is difficult

路 Difficult time writing capital cursive letters

路 Long division, fractions, and memorizing multiplication tables is difficult

路 Touch typing is difficult

路 Learning science and history facts is difficult

路 Concepts of time and calendars are difficult

路 Disorganized personal space

路 Loses many personal items such as clothing, watches, papers, books, shoes

If your child has many of these symptoms, he may be dyslexic. A test is a good place to start to find out for sure. Or, you can just assume that this is his life and move on from there.

So, how do we still the waters that churn continuously in a dyslexic child's mind? For starters, brain exercises must come into play. To calm these waters the brain must become balanced. Ear eights, eye eights, cross crawls, magic eights, and mirrors are exercises I use regularly with the dyslexic child. (You can find these exercises at – just look for the free Quick Start Kit) Martial arts is wonderful for these children due to the constant crossing of the midline and visualization of moves and poses.

Next, I work on spatial and visual processing. I have found that most of these kids are having a difficult time processing in their visual field. Eighty percent of what we take in is visual, so I always start here. Usually their eye muscles are weak, so I patch an eye and do the star eye exercises and repeat them on the other eye. I work on strengthening eye muscles. I have them working on spatial skills as well. Listen and draw is a great exercise I use for dyslexic children, as it encompasses all three avenues of learning. It is amazing how these kids perceive the world.

Then, I work on auditory and fine motor skills. I have yet to work with a dyslexic child who did not have fine motor skills problems. I am to the point where I can almost diagnose a kid after a few minutes. This thing is real, and it seems to be an epidemic. Getting these kids to write is one of the most difficult things I do. We start slowly with other exercises to get their hands and brains to work together. I always have these kids learn cursive, as it is difficult to have a reversed letter with cursive and it also flows with the brain. Manuscript is choppy and it does not flow. It actually slows these kids down. Cursive is a tough transition for them, but once it is made, then it works so much better and writing skills can then be learned.

Usually, after a few months of this, the waters do indeed calm down. They start doing things that were not possible for them before. They start seeing some successes in school. Reading is not quite the chore it once was. Writing becomes easier.

Is this an over night fix? Definitely not. It usually takes about a year for me to get a kid with dyslexia to be functional in a classroom and on grade level. And, that is with the parent's help. Daily exercises are important. It took me twice as long to get a dyslexic girl up to speed because her parents were not willing to do eye exercises at home. But, she is in junior high school now and doing well. It just takes time and patience.

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Simple Adult Dyslexia Test – How to Know if You Have Dyslexia

Dyslexia is now becoming a common problem. The number of identified cases of dyslexia can be higher nowdays not because there are just too many dyslexic adults in this generation, but because people are now more aware of the condition and they are openly subjecting them to adult dyslexia test and treatments.

In the past decades, people were not so familiar about dyslexia. Many people suffering from the condition grew up untreated, while others unfortunately outgrew the problem naturally. Now that dyslexia is openly identified as a serious condition, you should immediately seek professional help once you suspect that you have dyslexia.

There are many ways how you could tell if you are suffering from dyslexia. You should be very observant. There are several signs you may exhibit that can be observed naturally. But if you have dyslexia, there are several signs that would indicate that you are in a serious condition.

As a responsible person, it would be your task to identify if you have dyslexia through proper adult dyslexia test. And it is your utmost duty to handle the situation very well. You should immediately seek professional attention and help so you could effectively get the necessary treatment.

You should immediately determine if you have dyslexia so you could abruptly seek medical and expert help. Here are simple adult dyslexia test that would indicate clearly if you have dyslexia:

-One adult dyslexia test you could do is let someone run a test spelling skills with you. Dyslexics have difficulty spelling out simple and troublesome words. Even simple, common and short words are often misspelled. Examples of those words are: friend, enough, they, because, island, any, said and many. Other words are misspelled in a way that the spelling goes with how the words sound. Examples are: journey / jerney, does / dus, knock / nock, search / serch and please / plese.

– You are confused to distinguish left from right. Run a simple test so you could tell if you are having a problem recognizing left and right. Use a simple adult dyslexia test by asking someone to give you instruction to use your left finger to point to your right foot. That simple test would create a commotion on your part.

– Another simple adult dyslexia test is asking someone to help you evaluate if you have problems understanding math lessons. Dyslexics are typically finding it hard to conceptualize sequences.

– Dyslexic people are extremely disorganized. Surely, people get disorganized, but you could tell that a dyslexic person disorganization problem is much worse.

-You would not be able to write down what you feel on paper.

– There is a comprehension problem. A simple adult dyslexia test is to evaluate your comprehension ability. You would find it hard to retain what is said to you. You would also not be able to repeat the words said to you.

– Another simple adult dyslexia test is to evaluate if you have difficulty following instructions. Dyslexics find it hard to follow specific instructions. This is true especially if the instructions involve multiple sequences, or there are three or more procedures that you have do.

Once you suspect the presence of dyslexia after running a simple adult dyslexia test, it would be better if you would maintain your makeup and immediately seek expert help for further evaluation. Dyslexia can be a serious condition but it sure is not that complicated and serious if you would immediately address the problem.

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UCLA Adult Stem Cell Speech

Hi, my name is Michael Webster. I am 62 years young! I was always big for my age, looked older than my age and hung out with older kids. Many people even thought I was older and therefore expected more of me. I was always healthy, strong and I thought invincible. I felt like I could jump tall buildings in a single bound and had always been athletic, played all sports and even boxed. Then suddenly I got done up in making a living, charged into that endeavor and did not do much else. For example I did not mow my own lawn anymore, or wax my car or even take walks, much less any athletic activities.

Then years later, after much fast food and fast living, I wound up VERY OVERWEIGHT. During a routine physical exam, a diagnosis came back that I was a VERY ILL MAN. I regarded this as a serious wakeup call and started researching for natural answers.

I stand 6 foot 3 and weighed 389 pounds. I knew I had to change my lifestyle by cutting out all fast food and overcoming those pesky temptations. I even had to cut out social drinking. I had to develop an exercise program and chose to walk at least an hour a day. But, I was determined to REGAIN MY HEALTH AND WELLNESS.

I found a GREAT WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM and lost 111 lbs in 52 days. Needless to say, THIS HELPED A LOT.

But, although I was getting better on one level, I still had severe problems from damage that had already been made to my organs (specifically, my heart). Losing weight just was not enough to regain the health I had enjoyed as a younger man.

I had already looked embryonic stem cells, and that was so far away. There were not any clinical trials going on that I could find. It looked like it was going to be two, five, maybe ten years away. With the controversy over embryonic stem cells raging, the future of any new discoveries coming in time to help me was pretty dim.

Then, one day, I found information on adult stem cells. Many years ago it had been discovered that every adult already has stem cells in their system. The miracle of adult stem cells is that they can go to anywhere in your body and help support the growth of new healthy cells, where they are needed, like a little army of engineers each with a complete toolbox containing everything needed to do any job. I needed that badly.

The problem is our bodies do not manufacture enough adult stem cells to repair severe damage. The cycle of life goes on every day in our bodies. As we go from birth to death, so do millions of cells go through the same process everyday. If the body does not get the nutrition to make healthy cells to replace those which die off every day, the body gets weaker and weaker, sicker and sicker, further and further out of balance. Occasionally, catastrophe strikes, as it did with me. Luckily, I lived through it, but just barely.

So, when I came across this product that enhances the growth of adult stem cells, I was a little skeptical, but realized I did not have long to live without some drastic measures. The first day I took two capsules and I noticed I had a little more energy, and I felt a little better.

I now take three capsules, four times a day and even though its only been a very short time, I can now do things I have not been able to do for years. I walk all over the place. I go to meetings where I often have to stand for long periods of time. I'm very, very active. I feel strong as an ox, people are telling me I look really good, I'm feeling really good, and it's just amazing! I've gone from having a hard time walking from my hospital bed to the bathroom to running (not walking!) Up and down stairs. That's what I call a miracle.

This is the future, but it's here today, and for that, I am grateful.

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Speech Pathology is a Noble and Rewarding Way to Help People

Speech and Language are vital to human interaction, socialization and communication. Often when someone has trouble with language or speech, we label them stupid, dumb or socially inept. Of course, anyone who has ever thought about this knows that such arbitrary labels are problematic, but they are very common stereotypes. When someone has a speech or language issue, they need help and therefore those who assist them are involved in a reward activity that has a huge multiplier effect.

How so you ask? Well, when someone can speak clearly after living for years with such troubles and adversity, they suddenly come out of their shell. The difference and the gift of speech is so obvious to those around them, it's like the individual has been born again, given a fresh start and a new lease on life. I have several very dear friends who are speech pathologists and they are so very happy with their work and the good they do in the world. I am so proud of them for making a difference one person at a time.

If I were a younger man and had to choose a career, I think I might look into speech and language pathology, because, I know that in life helping others is one of the most fulfilling things you can do. And those who have degrees and get careers in speech pathology are well on their way to fulfilling the lives of others, as well as their own. Now, I do not wish to get excitedly mushy over this issue, I am just saying that this has been my observation and that maybe you should look into it.

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Dyslexia Symptoms – 95% of Adult Dyslexics Don’t Know They Are Dyslexic – Are You One?

Dyslexia is a term applied to a broad range of neurological “data processing” problems that most notably (and typically) manifest themselves in problems with reading. Thus the word “dys” (non-functional) “lexia” (having to do with written words and reading). This article is about dyslexia symptoms.

Today almost all public school systems screen students for dyslexia, which affects 10 – 15% of school-age children. But those of us who entered the school system before they understood dyslexia and began screening for it, muddled along as best we could, being “different”

Not being able to understand, grasp the meaning of and manipulate and deal with words and numbers as well as our peers, those of us with dyslexia symptoms had a generally hard time of it. Dyslexics got labeled as “slow learners” or “lazy, does not apply him / herself” or “a bit dense”.

When it came our turn in class to read aloud, we got laughed at, ridiculed, and it hurt. Most dyslexics ended up with low self-esteem as a result.

Today one of the leading dyslexia symptoms among adults is low self-esteem. On a list of dyslexia symptoms then, we could put low self-esteem as a primary indicator.

Next on our list would be sub-standard reading abilities. Adults with dyslexia generally try to hide their reading problems by not reading much. They may also spell poorly and avoid writing things. Although many of these adults have excellent creative skills, they may seem to have a phobia against reading and writing.

Another dyslexia symptom is that Adults with dyslexia may have difficulty in concentrating, may often be restless, have problems with short-term memory, and may seem confused at times.

Another tell-tale indicator or dyslexia symptom is being under-employed. Many adults with Dyslexia are employed at jobs that seem to be benefit their intelligence and abilities. This because they may have difficulty in finding a more suitable job because of their dyslexia-based capabilities.

This, of course, tends to make them lose more self confidence and self esteem. All this tends to make a Dyslexic person feel inadequate, isolated, rejected, and have low self esteem and low self confidence. (See “… leading dyslexia symptoms …”, above).

Other common symptoms among Dyslexic adults is that they may take a long time to read a book and understand it, skip reading some words or lines (and avoid reading and writing). They may have problems with sequences of steps or events, problems with note taking, and / or difficulties in time management.

All of the dyslexic problems described above can be overcome. They should not be allowed to hold the sufferer back. The other side to the “dyslexia coin” is the extraordinary abilities demonstrated by many dyslexic people.

A simple dyslexia test could identify any problems a dyslexic person may have, which would be the first step to overcoming those problems. This could put them on the right track to success and happiness and to achieving his or her full potential.

If you or anyone you know has any combination of the above dyslexia symptoms, it would be a good idea to at least take a screening test to confirm or deny the possibilities.

In any case, you will not know for sure unless / until the possibly dyslexic person takes a comprehensive dyslexia test to measure all aspects of dyslexic possibilities. You see, no two dyslexics have exactly the same symptoms. Thus simple screening tests, aimed at the masses, may miss many important details.

To learn more about dyslexia, dyslexia symptoms and adult dyslexia tests, follow the links below …

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Sign Language & Speech Therapy

Help Your Child Communicate by Teaching Him Simple Signs at an Early Age

To provide a program of total communication for young children, sign language is often used in conjunction with traditional speech therapy. Babies can actually manipulate their hands and fingers way before they can manipulate their oral structures to form words. For this reason, babies who are having difficulties developing words can begin to communicate using basic signs. The process of watching an adults hand movements in this way develop listening skills and visual skills – both of which are important in the development of spoken language.

Signing helps a young child learn a word's meaning and how to communicate if effectively. Many children who begin to communicate by signing soon learn to say the corresponding words. American Sign Language – ASL – is what is typically used with young children who are just beginning to develop communication skills. If your little one is having trouble communicating using words and is getting frustrated because he is not understood, try showing him some signs. Signing Time is an excellent program you can use at home. There are books and dvds you and your baby will love! Through interactive songs and teaching segments children of all ages are encouraged to play, sing and sign along while they learn basic ASL vocabulary and simple ASL baby sign.

The first thing you'll want to do is come up with a list of vocabulary words that are meaningful and useful for your child's environment. This list may include such words as “eat”, “drink”, “go”, “more”, “all done”, “milk”, “sleep”, “mommy”, “daddy”. The next thing you need to do is to teach these to your child. Show him the sign while you say the word and do this over and over in as many terms as you can. To teach your child the word and sign for “cat”, use the sign and say the word each and every time your child sees a cat, points to a cat in a book or even hears a cat meow! You may even need to help him make the appropriate hand movements at first.

Signing can give your child a way to communicate that he was otherwise without. His frustration will be less if he has a way to communicate that he is thirsty instead of just getting cranky and you misunderstanding what he really needs. As a result of being able to communicate, social behavior will often improve in a child who has already become frustrated with the inability to communicate.

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Adult Dyslexia And Its Variations

Adult dyslexia can be defined as a language-based learning disability, which renders the person unable to read, write, comprehend and even speak. However, such disabilities do not mean that a dyslexic can not be intelligent. Their intelligence level may range from average to above average. What is more, if given proper support and encouragement in time, they can even be helped and motivated for accurate and fluent reading. It means that their disabilities are not necessarily a hindrance in the path of their academic success. In fact, it is not an exaggeration to say that adult dyslexia is all about a problem with reading and writing and it has nothing to do with the smartness or intelligence of the person. In most of the cases, dyslexics have been found to be very talented people in different creative fields. The list of such exceptionally talented people includes Leonardo Da Vinci, Tom Cruise, and many others. Dyslexics are gifted people. It is just that they read more slowly and differently.

A thorough study and study of different dyslexia symptoms have shown that the intensity of such neurological disorder varies from person to person. Sometimes, proper care and motivation helps the person to easily overcome all the problems that are associated with reading and writing. In some other cases, it may take a much longer time to actually improve the learning experience. This is because of some particular wiring in the brain. The brain of a dyslexic is wired up differently. They have to work harder to perform the same task that others do reliably easily.

When a person is involved in reading, his or her posterior brain regions become active and at the same time, the anterior brain regions become relatively overactive. It is because of these variations in the activity of the posterior brain regions that identifies an adult with dyslexia. However, irrespective of the variations in the learning disabilities and the intelligence levels, the good news is that there is always a solution available.

However, the first thing that is very important in this regard is that the problem must be diagnosed at an early stage. Any delay will worsen the problem. There are different types of adult dyslexia tests that you can use in order to identify whether the person is affected with such a problem or not. Once identified, special treatments (which usually include proper support, encouragement and motivation) can help. The moment a person with adult dyslexia stops feeling that he or she is not isolated or returned, half of the problem is already solved.

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Gaining Speech Power

How do we gain the courage to speak up? We all occasionally find ourselves in situations in which we lack the courage to say what needs to be said. In these common everyday occurrences, we later wish we could have been able to say something to help, correct an injustice, or prevent an accident. Let us look at some of the things we can do to gain the strength to speak up when it counts.

The first thing we can do to gain the courage to speak up is to put ourselves in the other person shoes. By observing things from a personal view point, we will be more likely to speak up. Making it personal will give us the added strength to speak up. For example, you see an elderly person being mistreated. Try to think about it in terms of your elderly parents being mistreated or abused. Our blood would probably start to boil instantly. This imagined thought would cause us to speak up for any elderly person in a like situation.

We can use our passage regretful shortcomings to gain the strength to speak up. Regret can be a powerful force that can be use for good when it is channeled. When the consciousness brings up the past we can use those lessons to learn from. For example, you remember the last time you failed speak and someone was severely injured. You knew that the equipment was about to fail for lack of service, but you did not care enough for your fellow co worker to say something. Now that thought or memory helps to ensure that that never happens again as long as you live. That incident has left you with a permanent reminder.

The scriptures have been a source of strength for many people for many years. The strength of the stories of courage and strength have given many people the ability to speak up and say what needs to be said. A daily habit of reading the scriptures (Bible) for a reasonable length of time will help to strength your determination to speak up under pressure.

Social activities have long been a source of positive enforcement ie inner strength to stand up and speak up. Man is a social animal. We did not come into this world by ourselves; it took two. By being a more social person we will gain the opportunities to help more people along this journey called life. Social activities should never be taken for granted. The benefits of these events are long lasting and life strengthening.

Finally, It is our responsibility as part of humanity to be our others' keeper. This means having the willingness to help whenever possible. When we gain the ability to speak up, when gain the ability to help. We always feel good when there is someone willing to speak up, and to stand up for us. So, let us return the favor.

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Screening Test for Dyslexia in Adults

Dyslexia is a learning disability which is already recognized and treated today. But years ago people with this disability do not even know how to call their disability. They do not know that they are suffering from dyslexia. They grow up thinking that they are just slow learners and worst they feel stupid due to their learning disability. But it is not too late for these adults to know how to treat their disability. Getting a screening test for dyslexia is the first step in getting the necessary treatment.

Dyslexia has nothing to do with intelligence and if not given the proper treatment, dyslexia is a learning difficulty which could have disabling affects to anyone suffering from it. Difficulties include reading, spelling, taking instructions, remembering sequence, recognizing directions and difficulties in numbers. If not given the right treatment on how to deal with these difficulties, it will be hard for you to live and work as normal as you want. It is important to get a screening test for dyslexia as early as possible to prevent serious damage to your life.

Due to lack of awareness and available treatment years ago, there are adults now with dyslexia who grow up without understanding how to cope with their disability. But now that screening test for dyslexia in adults is already available, this is the first step in learning how to deal with this learning disability. Although it is much easier to deal with your disability at a younger age, it is not too late for you to get the assessment now to know the severity of your dyslexia and for you to get the right treatment for your condition.

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Dyslexia – Spotting The Signs

The word Dyslexia comes from Greek language and roughly translated means difficulty with words. Dyslexics tend to have problems with reading and spelling but this can be overcome with specialist teaching which targets the problem So how can you tell if your child or someone else is dyslexic? Here are a few quick points:

1 – Does it run in the family?

Often learning difficulties can run in the family. If you have a family history of dyslexia or learning / reading difficulties then there is a possibility that you may have it yourself.

2 – Confusion with directions

Many dyslexics often struggle with directional words and can easily get confused between left and right, up and down and in and out. A close friend of mine who has dyslexia struggled when learning to drive as she kept on getting confused between her left and right. However this was easily solved by her driving instructor pointing out which way to turn.

3 – Difficulties with sequences

This usually manifests itself as difficulties with colored sequences to start with but can later take the form of difficulties with months of the year, days of the week and the alphabet.

4. Reoccurring spelling mistakes

It is obvious that dyslexics have problems with spelling but there are usually patterns that can be seen that hint at dyslexia. If someone makes a spelling mistake in a piece of text that they've written this mistake is usually continued through the text. Dyslexics have a tendency to spell the same word wrong in a number of different ways through a piece of text. Dyslexics also has problems with similar sounding and looking letters. Letters such as d and t which sound fairly similar can cause a lot of confusion and words with similar shapes such as b and d are often confused.

5 – Co-ordination problems

Dyslexics often tend to be clumsy and often trip or bump into things. They also tend to have problems with catching and kicking balls as well as learning to tie their shoe laces and can struggle when wearing themselves.

People who suffer from dyslexia are by no means unintelligent, in fact some of the greatest minds in history such as Albert Einstein and Sir Isaac Newton were dyslexic. The problem with dyslexia is that if it goes unnoticed and untreated it can lead to self esteem issues and poor self image. Dyslexics can often be left behind at school because they are not taught in the way that they need to be and they are often criticized of not paying attention and not listening. This can lead to further behavior problems and is why it is important for a child who is showing symptoms of dyslexia to be assessed by an educational psychologist. This can be done by contacting your local education authority or you can be referred via the child's school.

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Testing for Dyslexia in Adults – Your First Step for Dyslexia Treatment

Most people who have the symptoms of dyslexia are diagnosed earlier in life, but there are other people who grow up as adults and do not know that their learning disability is bought by dyslexia. They hide their learning disability and suffer the disabling effects of dyslexia through adulthood making their lives miserable. That is why testing for dyslexia in adults is necessary to understand your disability and for you to seek the necessary treatment.

The level of severity is different from person to person and getting the right testing for dyslexia is the first step to know the severity of your symptoms. Some people experience severe reading and writing disability and have trouble in simple tasks like recognizing directions, taking down notes and taking phone messages leading to shortcomings and low self confidence.

Aside from their learning disability, dyslexics also end the pain of being labeled as dumb which makes their lives depressing. Getting the right testing for dyslexia will help sufferers to know how to deal with his or her condition. You will also know how to address each difficulty with the appropriate treatment.

Once you subject yourself to the right testing for dyslexia, you will also realize that there are help available for dyslexics. Your disability is not a reason not to be successful in life. There are a lot of dyslexics who became successful and learned how to overcome their disability. Putting your difficulties in the right perspective, you can overcome the difficulties bought by dyslexia and you will also discover your strengths.

Getting the right testing for dyslexia is the first step in helping yourself to overcome the disabling effects of dyslexia. If you suspect you have the symptoms, then a complete dyslexia assessment can help you find out the severity of your condition.

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