Dyslexia and Processing Disorders are the inability to discriminate the sounds of letters, which also makes spelling, writing, and speech difficult. Dyslexia is the result of a left brain deficiency and as a result the signs of an issue can often go undetected until a child is in school. Understanding what is happening in the brain of a child who is dyslexic is important for early detection and intervention. The following infographic provides insight into the left brain and what happens when there is an imbalance that can lead to dyslexia.
FROM THE BOOK “DISCONNECTED KIDS” – CHAPTER 5
Poor language skills are a hallmark of a left brain imbalance, especially as a child gets older. These children have problems with reading and spelling because they can’t identify the sounds of letters. This can show up in their speaking ability as well. All this can be the result of a problem with processing words and sound. Not only does this affect reading and speaking skills, but these children can be bad at music and may not be able to carry a tune. They may have problems with many subjects, especially basic math, because they are poor with details. This includes fine detailing they do with their hands. This becomes most obvious as very bad handwriting.
Children with left brain imbalances are often very concerned with how they look and dress and may be hyperaware of what others think of them. They can be overwhelmed by emotions because they are so in touch with their own feelings. They may have unique abilities to read people and situations. They can be very social if they get over their shyness and insecurities.
Children with left brain imbalances are prone to chronic infections like colds and ear infections. They may also have an abnormal or irregular heartbeat, called an arrhythmia.
Want to know more about left brain deficiency? Check out my book “Disconnected Kids” to learn more about brain function in children with Dyslexia and what you can do to help address hemispheric deficits.