Dyslexia can be expanded as difficulties that crop up in learning ability affecting primary skills such as accurate spelling and word reading of an individual.
However, studies show there are far greater things than underlying learning or reading complexities. The disorder can also be a linguistic issue.
Individuals, irrespective of their IQ levels, can be affected by the disorder.
The effects can vary significantly from individual to individual and the only common thing that is shared among dyslexic individuals is reading complexities.
In the United States alone, 4 percent of the younger generations are seen to be affected by the disorder. Further, it is seen boys are prone to being dyslexic than girls.
There are various reasons and external factors that are seen to be a reason behind the disorder. However, some of the less discussed things include lead, aluminum and cadmium toxins.
Dr. Philip Landrigan says, “A possible link exists between toxins and dyslexia that has been probably overlooked.”
Dr. Philip is a professor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.
The Higher concentration in the fluoride levels that exist in drinking water is also attributed towards IQ decline of an individual.
In the year 1981, a report was published that clearly indicated excessive cadmium levels can easily be implicated. Further, the presence of lead was believed to be the major contributor to having the disorder diagnosed.
Dr. Ben Feingold says, “Artificial colors when avoided, are seen to help dyslexic children since these are the primary sources that contain lead.”
Studies were carried out to understand the importance of essential fatty acids.
Interestingly, the study authors found after five consecutive months of prolonged supplementation, individuals seen to be affected by the condition had their reading speed increased by 60 percent. It was also observed, the perceptual velocities of individuals affected by the disorder were seen to be improved by 23 percent.
Thus, using essential fatty acids have major benefits in improving the conditions of dyslexic people.
The study authors recommend using different EFAs at regular intervals. Fermented cod liver oils and omega 3 fatty acids are seen to have greater impacts.
Pets to the rescue of dyslexic children
Children seen to be affected by the disorder or the ones experiencing difficulties in their reading abilities were observed to be hesitant to have their notes read aloud. They constantly feared being judged by others.
However, some children are seen to be at ease while reading around a pet. Pets are seen to boost the confidence of children affected by dyslexia as children do not fear being criticized by their favorite pet.
Reports suggest children participating in such programs involving animal therapy have seen their reading levels improved.
There are various studies done to understand the greater underlying benefit of vision therapies. Although the studies are mixed, each providing a different view, it is observed at times a child might not be dyslexic rather experiencing vision problems.
A good way is to have an appointment scheduled with a professional optometrist before concluding someone being affected by the disorder.