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Dyslexia is characterized by difficulties with reading, writing, and spelling that are surprising and unexpected given a person’s capabilities in other areas, overall. Dyslexia is often inherited, and is neurological in origin. Nevertheless, the causes of dyslexia remain unknown, even after a century of research. Dyslexia is often first identified when children first begin to read in school, its effects persist lifelong, and people who have not been identified as having dyslexia as children sometimes receive diagnoses later in life.
Complicating matters, dyslexia is often accompanied by many other challenges that have nothing to do with reading or spelling. These can include difficulties with balance, attention, memory, sound processing, and organization, or functions related to perception of time. Such various factors can make diagnosing dyslexia difficult, even for professionals who are certified to do this.
If you wish to be diagnosed for dyslexia, a good place to start is by talking with your personal physician, who may be able to refer you to diagnostic services. Virtually all public K-12 schools in the US are able provide testing services when a child is suspected of struggles with reading. Most universities similarly offer an office of disabilities services that can provide information to students on diagnosis.