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Maiah
05-02-2010, 11:33 AM
If yes, what's the cause? Damage to certain parts of the brain, unnatural clotting of blood in the brain, etc?

Is it temporary or permanent?

Is there any cure for it, or the patient could hire a specialist to help remedy the condition?

stephenf
05-02-2010, 01:40 PM
Dyslexia is a controversial subject. There is no accurate way to diagnose it and there are a lot of theories, but no proven cause .Dyslexic type symptoms can develop in some people and could be a form of dementia .Also a brain injury ,maybe after an accident ,can have similar consequences, but whether you would described it as Dyslexia, is debatable.

tirial
05-02-2010, 04:37 PM
A brain injury can cause dyslexia-like symptoms - if you look up "Trauma dyslexia" or "Acquired dyslexia" (sometimes called "alexia") you can find more about it.

Depending on what damage has occurred symptoms may vary, and whether it is treatable can't really be answered since it depends on a lot of things - type of damage, how much damage occurred and how old the patient was. In the case I'm familiar with, it occurred after a stroke, not an injury, so blood clots can definitely cause it.

Medievalist
05-02-2010, 07:46 PM
Yes.

Dyslexia is merely a loosely-coupled collection of symptoms. Neurological trauma can cause spatial relations problems, reversing letters, dyscalculia, etc. etc.

Neurological trauma can be permanent, or temporary--symptoms can disappear. For instance, stroke survivers or those who experience traumatic brain injury may exhibit symptoms that go away, and others that they learn to deal with.

Author or Princess
05-05-2010, 11:44 PM
People with dyslexia can become more fluent readers using any of a number of Orton-Gillingham based programs, such as SPIRE or the Wilson Reading System. This isn't really something that can be self-taught - hiring a reading specialist is preferrable. The idea is to learn in a systematic step by step way that is more phonics than whole language.

Nivarion
05-08-2010, 09:24 AM
Solid yes. I got mine after I was attacked.

little SOB tried to kill me. Started the fight by busting a skate board over my head.

Medievalist
05-08-2010, 09:27 AM
People with dyslexia can become more fluent readers using any of a number of Orton-Gillingham based programs, such as SPIRE or the Wilson Reading System.

1. Let's not assume that a crude cluster of symptoms is presented in the same way for all people.

2. Let's also not assume that the programs sold by the Orton society are the only method, or even that they are generally regarded well by pediatric neurologists.

3. Many people who are diagnosed as presenting one or more of the symptoms of the cluster known as dyslexia have no problem, at all, with reading.

thethinker42
05-08-2010, 11:12 AM
I've always been mildly dyslexic, but after a head injury when I was 19, it got a lot worse.

In the short term, I could barely read or write at all for a couple of weeks. Letters moved around on the page, I couldn't spell, couldn't remember phone numbers or simple numerical sequences (great fun when working in retail). I also stumbled and stuttered when I tried to speak.

After a few weeks, I was functional again, but 10 years later, I still have a lot of problems with dyslexia, especially with screwed up sequences of letters and/or numbers, and when speaking. I still occasionally stumble over words (can't get the word from my brain to my mouth, say the wrong word altogether, can't enunciate...this is a source of great frustration because I'd had perfect diction prior to that). My reading comprehension and short term memory recall also took a hit, but have improved sloooooowly over time.

ETA: My injury was a concussion caused by two impacts to the back of my head after what amounted to a seizure...I fell back and hit a window, then a marble floor. A CT scan wasn't performed until about 3 weeks later in spite of symptoms that indicated a possible impending hemorrhage (some strongly-worded letters were sent shortly thereafter), so I don't know if there was any swelling or anything like that. The doctor told me I had two concussions and left it at that.