TOUCH FOR HEALTH AND DYSLEXIA

PAUL DENNISON


1982 CONFERENCE PAPER


Dyslexia is a fascinating subject, because so little is actually known about this mysterious affliction which involves an estimated 25 million Americans. Literally dyslexia means “unable to read,” and the term identifies a learning disability often experienced as “word blindness.” Certain behaviors are shared in common by most dyslexics, including an inabil ity to remember how to spell, reversals in reading, such as II\.’.aS” for II saw”, and letter transpositions within words, such as “bluk” for “bulk”. Dyslexia may refer to the non-reader who never completed school, or the slow reading adult who must struggle to keep up with his peers. Dyslexia is not determined by intelligence and aptitude, and millions fail to achieve their professional and creative po- tential because they are struggling with the developmental task of learning the commu- nication skills. AI I who experience difficulty and frustration with near point, multi- sensory tasks such as reading, writing, spell ing, or drawing share in the pI ight of the dysIexic.


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