How to deal with dyslexia

Dyslexia is a learning disorder. It is an inborn deficiency, often runs in the family, and is not a sickness that can be permanently cured. Life with dyslexia can be different and difficult. Here are some measures that can help you deal with dyslexia and manage your life better.

Change your attitude towards yourself

Change your attitude towards yourself and your problem. Don’t increase your disappointment by pushing yourself and failing to do things in a similar fashion like others. Accept that you are different and a special person blessed with a rare kind gift. Use the energy of your frustration to move forward towards success. People around you may not understand or appreciate your way of doing things. Instead of getting annoyed or irritated at them, try to help them understand that your process of learning and thinking is different than theirs. Never underestimate yourself and your capabilities. Believe in yourself, your above-average intelligence and creativity. Don’t be afraid to be different or to try out new things. Be confident in spite of having bad or difficult days. Inspire yourself by thinking that many famous names in history had dyslexia and yet they managed to be successful.

Learn to use your creativity

Research shows that people with dyslexia have an unusual creative side to them. Accept and acknowledge the fact that you can think differently and out-of-the-box. Use these to deal with dyslexia. If you are facing a particular problem because of your learning disability, then utilize your ability to think out-of-the-box and find a solution for it. Challenge all your problems and find creative and unusual ways to deal with them and overcome them. Do not restrain your abilities while trying to follow the route that other people follow to overcome the obstacles and hindrances in their path to success. Carve out your own route to success with the help of your creativity and distinct thinking process.

Get organized and learn to manage your tasks

Develop the skill of being organized. Plan your day ahead and organize your tasks. Maintain a “to do” list. Keep a diary to note down important matters, dates, appointments, etc. Keep a calendar and highlight important dates in it. Manage your time more efficiently with the help of a 24-hour format watch or clock. Schedule your tasks wisely. If you need to read, understand or learn new things then allot that time of the day when you have sufficient energy and a fresh mind. Usually, learning and reading at night is easier for people with such disabilities. Always break your tasks into smaller and easily manageable sizes and portions. While working with long texts or large numbers, break them into small sizes that you can easily remember. You must necessarily go slow when doing paperwork. Trying to finish paperwork in a hurry will only result in difficulty in understanding, increased errors and additional time in completing the task.

Take frequent breaks

When you feel that you have overloaded your mind with too much information and are not being able to learn any more or take any more information, take a break. Don’t force yourself or your mind to take more at that particular time. Pushing yourself or being hard with yourself will not benefit you in anyway. So, try to relax. Leave the desk or the task in hand and go for a walk. You can also go to a quiet place and try breathing techniques or meditation to relax yourself. These breaks would refresh your mind and would help you to take in more information easily when you return to your work after the break.

Make the most of gadgets and equipments

Take the help of equipment and gadgets that would help you to handle or deal with your problem in a better and easier way. Use a voice recorder to record, identify, monitor and correct the mistakes in your speech. A reading pen would help you read a word that you are not being able to read. You would also benefit from a word processor that you can speak to and a spell checker. Apart from these, there are many other equipments developed to help make the lives of people with dyslexia easy and comfortable. Other than all these, there are many simple and regular items that can help you with your problem of dyslexia. A glare filter in your computer screen, colored report covers, ruler, book-marker, etc. can help you deal with dyslexia.

Dr Prem Jagyasi

Dr Prem is an award winning strategic leader, renowned author, publisher and highly acclaimed global speaker. Aside from publishing a bevy of life improvement guides, Dr Prem runs a network of 50 niche websites that attracts millions of readers across the globe. Thus far, Dr Prem has traveled to more than 40 countries, addressed numerous international conferences and offered his expert training and consultancy services to more than 150 international organizations. He also owns and leads a web services and technology business, supervised and managed by his eminent team. Dr Prem further takes great delight in travel photography.

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