I recently came across a short video that provides a simple description of how the brain of a person with dyslexia works differently. I was impressed with the simplicity of the explanation. Here is a short recap.

3 Key Areas of the in the left side of the Brain that work simultaneously:

1) Phoneme Recognizer: Area used to sounding words out loud in our brain and breaking down words to similar sounds, known as phonemes (Example: the sound of the letter “T”).

2) Word Analyzer: Area used for analyzing words even more, analyzing together word syllables and phonemes (Example: the sound of “Ti” and “ger”)

3) Word Detector: Area responsible for detecting word forms, allowing to instantly recognize words without having to sound them out

People with Dyslexia, have problem to get access to both the Word Analyzer and the Word Detector. This may cause them to compensate and rely more heavily on sounding out words. Dyslexics may compensate by using the right side of the brain that takes visual cues from story pictures  to decipher words.

Here is a link to my previous Ghotit Blog My Dyslexia and Phonological Processing

And for a relieve, look at Ghotit Real Writer and Reader designed for those with Dyslexia and Dysgraphia.

6 thoughts on “How The Brain of a Person with Dyslexia Works Differently

  • July 6, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Thanks for posting this video. It’s important to raise awareness about dyslexia, and this video does a great job of showing how the brain of someone with dyslexia is physically different. As someone identified with dyslexia as a young child, I’ve found that different forms of assistive technologies can be incredibly helpful, allowing me to access print and learn more effectively. The National Center for Learning Disabilities has some great resources to help parents choose the right assistive technology, and you can learn more at http://www.ncld.org/at-school/general-topics/assistive-technology/choosing-an-assistive-technology.

  • July 12, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    I love to see more information about dyslexia being disseminated on the web. It is a very misunderstood disorder that affects many people across the globe. I did notice one typo under “1)”….I believe you meant to say “Phoneme” not “Phenome”. Thanks again for sharing.

    • August 10, 2010 at 8:22 pm

      Thanks for the typo correction. Just updated the blog with the correction…

      I agree, as dyslexia affects such a large number of the population you would expect to see quite a lot of information on the topic…

  • August 10, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Dyslexia is a Developmental Disorder which is also described as a neuro-developmental disorder. Certain brain circuits did not develop appropriately.

    Thanks for your description and giving us more “connections” with respect to what might be happening in the brains of those of us who are Dyslexic.

    My person frame-of-reference has been that for Dyslexics the “rules” are less important that the ability to do things their own way (I’m not referring to willful disobedience here; I’m talking about how Dyslexics seem to be wired). This video gives me a better way of understanding how that happens.

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