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Dyslexia: The Gift that is Considered a Problem

Orientation and Disorientation

In order to function properly in life you must know how to orient yourself. Some people are oriented most of the time and don’t even think about it. To them it is natural. Orientation means knowing where you are, your relationship to the environment and putting yourself into the appropriate condition for the surroundings.

For a dyslexic person reading, writing and hearing speech could be disorienting. We already talked about the “little words” that do not create images in the mind. If we see and hear enough of them they will cause us to lose our proper relationship to the environment and the appropriate condition for the surroundings.

For example; if too much noise goes on during class, a dyslexic person starts to lose his ability to focus and thereby he is not in the appropriate condition for the surroundings.

There are thousands of different learning disability symptoms that can accrue from disorientation. The symptoms are usually the first thing that people who suspect a learning disability will see. They vary from person to person according to which senses are affected. The main senses that become disoriented are vision, hearing, balance, movement and time (Ronald D. Davis, The Gift of Dyslexia, page 122). During disorientation, a person’s perceptions become skewed. False senses of disorientation happen in daily life. Sometimes people experience “false motion” when they are sitting in a stopped vehicle and a nearby vehicle moves, such as an airplane or car. They think they are moving, but it’s actually the other way around. The following are the most common symptoms of disorientation.


·        Shapes and sequences of letters or numbers appear changed or reversed.
·        Spelling is incorrect or inconsistent.
·        Words or lines are skipped when reading or writing.
·        Letters and numbers appear to move, disappear, grow or shrink.
·        Punctuation marks or capital letters are omitted, ignored or not seen.
·        Words and letters are omitted, altered or substituted while reading or writing.



·        Some speech sounds are difficult to make.
·        Digraphs such as “ch”, “th” and “sh” are mispronounced.
·        You don’t hear what is said, or you hear what isn’t said.
·        Sounds are perceived as quieter, louder, farther away or nearer than actual.

Balance/ Movement

·        Dizziness or nausea while reading.
·        Poor sense of direction.
·        Inability to sit still.
·        Difficulty with handwriting.
·        Problems with balance and coordination.


·        Hyperactivity (being overactive).
·        Hypoactivity (being underactive.
·        Math concepts are difficult to learn.
·        Difficulty being on time or telling time.
·        Excessive daydreaming.
·        Train of thought is lost easily.
·        Trouble sequencing (putting things in the correct order).

(Ronald D. Davis, The Gift of Dyslexia, page 124)

A dyslexic person doesn’t necessarily have all of these symptoms. But if you have them all productive work stops until they go away. You could wait and after a while you feel better. Or you can learn what to do to make them go away faster.

©  Matthias Füll,  2010