Dyslexia And Dysgraphia

A review by academics at UCL and Goldsmith stated that one in five students, or15-20% of the population, has a language based learning disability, dyslexia is the most common of the language based learning disabilities. Meanwhile in the Philippines in the year 2012, the department of education found that the case of a person having dyslexia has increased dramatically over the last years and only a few of them were able to acquire education up to the secondary level or even graduate from college. BesidesAbout 5 percent of any age group would have dyslexia or some other form of learning disability. On the other hand, dysgraphia is an unfamiliar learning disability and the prevalence of it is unknown.

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According to Reynolds (2007), the currency of dysgraphia is estimated at 5-20% of all students having some type of writing deficit. In a study done by Overveide (2011) found that writing disorders decreased as the age of the student increased. Approximately, 37% of the students who have dyslexia in the beginning of the second grade decreased to 17% at the end of the year. This further decreased as the students progressed to third grade and on. Bothdyslexia and dysgraphia could occur in different countries. Regardless of our status, race, and ethnicity, the chances of having it is equal. In the Philippines, numerous famous celebrities/politicians are suffering from a learning disability such as dyslexia. Mayor Benjamin Abalos of Mandaluyongstated in an interview by Kara David that he is suffering from dyslexia. He has difficulty reading books when he was a child and he tends to read voraciously in order to cope up in his academics. Another is Regine Velasquez – Alcasid, a famous Filipino singer. She admitted in an interview with Jessica Soho that she has dyslexia and she also experienced bullying when she was a child. Furthermore, she has difficulty reading her scripts and songs however, she is excellent when it comes to memorization.

Lastly, Tom Cruise, an American actor, and producer was also struggling with dyslexia when he was 14 years old. He did not excel in school because of his condition hence his ambition of becoming a priest did not last long. On the other hand, there were few cases of a person with dysgraphia found. In Virginia, Ronnie Sydney told his difficulties of having dysgraphia. He is struggling in writing notes and he tends to isolate himself to avoid being bullied. However, he is an excellent talker, he is good in expressing verbally and has good emcee skills. Some people having dyslexia or dysgraphia is highly successful in their fields. Despite of their difficulties, they tend to develop their often exceptional gifts.

10 October 2020

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