Learning Difficulties

R.E.A.Dyslexics, the first institute of its kind in Pakistan, caters specially to the needs of dyslexic children with learning difficulties.

One way is to be familiar with a checklist such as the following that outlines many of the symptoms that are frequently present, in different combinations, in these children. No two children will display the same cluster of symptoms, and the symptoms can range from deceptively mild to extremely severe. If a child exhibits only a few of the characteristics in the checklist, he is not necessarily perceptually handicapped, since most children exhibit some of these characteristics at different stages in their development. It is the child who has a constellation of these symptoms who needs further examination and an understanding of his possible disabilities. Authorities agree that the earlier the problem is recognized the more successful treatment can be:

  • sloppy writing
  • right-left confusion
  • poor pencil position
  • allergies
  • letter reversals
  • poor logic
  • mirror writing
  • few or no friends
  • pronunciation problems
  • poor judge of time,difficulty in telling time
  • unable to repeat a span of digits
  • reversing or omitting letters, words, numbers
  • difficulty in copying from the blackboard
  • perspiration
  • socially immature
  • low frustration level
  • erratic word memory
  • overacts
  • poor reading ability
  • difficulty holding eyes on a moving, target
  • math problems
  • destructive, aggressive behavior
  • destructible, short attention span
  • cyclical behavior – good days, then bad days
  • forgetful
  • academic output varies – copes well some days, poorly on other days,
  • rigid and inflexible
  • achievement quite low in some areas but high in others
  • slow
  • spelling problems
  • disorganized
  • hyperactive
  • clumsy
  • hypo-active
  • does not like competitive games
  • poor posture
  • plays with younger children
  • difficulty following instructions
  • oral vocabulary average or above but is unable to sound out words in reading
  • impulsive

Dyslexia is a specific difficulty in learning one or more of the basic literary skills including reading, spelling and writing. In addition, a dyslexic child may have problems with number work, short-term memory, putting things in sequence and knowing the difference between right and left. He/she may see objects/words and hear sounds differently.

Dyslexia can also affect physical coordination, making it difficult for a child to dress him/herself, catch or kick a ball, and hop and skip. They may also be clumsy or accident-prone. 

Dyslexia occurs despite normal teaching and is independent of socio-economic background or intelligence. It is, however, more easily detected in those with average or above average intelligence. Although there is no cure for dyslexia or any way of preventing it occurring, there are well-tested methods that will enable a child to overcome his/her specific difficulties.

 The following link provides details about how the world is experienced by the dyslexic and provides understanding of the many facets of dyslexia:  The International Dyslexia Association