What dyslexics see


What does a dyslexic person see when she reads?


There is no single pattern of difficulty that affects all dyslexic people. A dyslexic person might have any of the following problems:

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A dyslexic person could have any of the above symptoms — or none! It is possible for a dyslexic person to be able to read very well, yet find it extremely difficult or impossible to write or spell. Sometimes the writing problem is called ‘dysgraphia’ instead of ‘dyslexia’ – but we find that often these symptoms stem from the same underlying causes as dyslexia.

It is important to understand that when a dyslexic person “sees” letters or words reversed or mixed up, there is usually nothing wrong with her eyes. The problem is in the way the mind interprets what the eyes see — like an optical illusion, except this mismatch between what illusion and reality happens with ordinary print on a page.

(Answer by Abigail Marshall)