Dyslexia Writeup by Optometrist - MC Nilsen

Genius Fears……….

Kids and parents are now fully integrated and geared for the new school year, and I cannot help to think of the thousands of kids starting the New Year so differently.

Anxiety, fears, feelings of despondency and failure are probably some of the experiences felt by the dyslexic learner.

We cannot begin to imagine what thoughts run through the minds of these brilliant though learning disabled children. Besides feelings of inferiority and isolation, many of them have yet to repeat another dreadful year of the same academics due to failure; once again.

My heart aches for these geniuses that will probably never get treated the way they deserve to be treated.

Who other than another dyslexic really understands their anguish?

Having a differently wired yet brilliant brain is a concept very few people in society and certainly many in the educational system, comprehends. Most of us take being able to read for granted and yet it is not a natural act.

In fact, reading is like Wi-Fi: only some people have it.

Whether we pretend to be or are really ignorant about dyslexia, the fact of the matter is DYSLEXIA affects approximately 20% of the world population regardless of your culture, language, gender or age.

This poorly understood and often misdiagnosed disguised blessing hides many gems amongst our midst. May we acknowledge these individuals talents and capabilities by endeavouring to uncover the blanket of shame these individuals are often exposed to.


Dyslexics may have problems such as:

Leaning to speak

Organizing written and spoken language

Learning letters and their sounds

Memorizing number facts



Learning a second language

Correctly doing Math operations.


Remember that Dyslexia is a genetic disorder


When there is a family history of Dyslexia and or reading difficulties, be pro-active by introducing multisensory teaching at an early stage.

We specialize in visual problems, dyslexia, learning and reading problems caused by visual anomalies, and visual perceptual difficulties.

We are accredited to do full dyslexia testing and screening. Sandra –Stark Dyslexia testing.

Wrote by Madeleine Nilsen from Nilsen Optometrist 012 2591200


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01 Nov 2019

By Madelein Nilsen