Dyslexia is a learning disability that reduces a person’s ability to comprehend a text. It is classified as a reading difficulty that can manifest in a number of ways. It is reported to be the most common learning disability and is thought to affect up to 10% of the population. There is no known cause of dyslexia and it cannot be cured. However, with careful management and support people suffering from the condition can learn to read and write. Let’s take a look at who discovered dyslexia.
Who identified dyslexia?
Dyslexia was first identified by German doctor Oswald Berkhan in 1881. 6 years later it was given the name dyslexia by Rudolf Berlin. It comes from the Greek words “dus,” which means hard or difficult and “lexis,” which means speech or word.
Did you know?
Most people are under the impression that dyslexic readers mix up letters when reading or write words backwards. However, this is only seen a small percentage of those who have dyslexia. The most common sign is a level of writing that doesn’t match the intelligence of the person and substituting similar, but unrelated, words in their writing.
There are many famous people that have been diagnosed with, or were believed to suffer, dyslexia including; Albert Einstein, Tom Cruise, Jay Leno, Hans Christian Andersen and Orlando Bloom.