Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Dyslexia Overview

What is dyslexia?
A person with dyslexia has a condition in which the brain has difficulty translating written letters, or words, into meaningful language. About 40 percent of children in the US have difficulty reading. Those who have dyslexia tend to have normal to high intelligence, but they have poor reading skills.

What are the symptoms of dyslexia?
Symptoms of dyslexia include difficulty with the ordering and positioning of letters and the inability to read from right to left. Finding is those with dyslexia include the reversal of letters within a word, the reversal of words within a sentence, skipping words when reading, losing place, and vision problems.

How does the doctor treat dyslexia?
Treatment for dyslexia includes special education.

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Last Updated: Feb 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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