Does dyslexia vary from person to person?

Does dyslexia vary from person to person? Esteemed clinical neuropsychologist Sandra K. Loo, PhD, explains how dyslexia can actually vary between individuals and why proper assessments and education are so important.
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Does dyslexia vary from person to person?

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All people with dyslexia do not have the same underlying problem. The core problem of dyslexia is thought to be phonemic awareness, so understanding the correspondence of letters with their sounds, but there are also a number of other processes that are involved in reading, such as, working memory, linguistic retrieval and general language comprehension. For example, 2 people who have reading problems might have different underlying problems that lead to the same difficulty with reading. That's why it's really important when a child has a reading problem, to have a proper evaluation so that you know which components of the reading process are weak for that particular child.

Does dyslexia vary from person to person? Esteemed clinical neuropsychologist Sandra K. Loo, PhD, explains how dyslexia can actually vary between individuals and why proper assessments and education are so important.

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Sandra K. Loo, PhD

Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Dr. Sandra Loo is Director of Pediatric Neuropsychology and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Loo is a child clinical psychologist and works clinically in the Medical Psychology Assessment Center and UCLA ADHD Clinics. She specializes in neuropsychological assessment of childhood psychiatric disorders such as ADHD and Dyslexia. Before coming to UCLA, Dr. Loo was director of two outpatient clinics specializing in the diagnostic and neurocognitive assessment of attention and learning disorders at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and the University of Massachusetts where she worked with Dr. Russell Barkley.

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