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Is ADHD A Component Of Dyslexia?

ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) affects both children and teens and can continue into adulthood. This is the most commonly diagnosed in children. Children with ADHD may either be hyperactive and unable to control their impulses, or they may have trouble paying attention. These behaviors can often interfere with school and home life.

Typically, ADHD is more common in boys than in girls. However, this does not mean that girls do not have the likelihood of being diagnosed with ADHD. It is usually discovered during the early school years, when a child starts to show signs of having a hard time paying attention during class. Into adulthood, individuals with ADHD may have trouble managing time, being organized and setting goals. They may also have problems with relationships, and self esteem.

Contrary to popular belief, dyslexia is not reading letters or words backward. It manifests itself in different ways, in different people. Dyslexia runs in families and has a great component. Many children with dyslexia have a dyslexic parent. Furthermore, the prevalence rate of dyslexia among individuals with affected siblings is about 50 percent. Differences and Similarities:

ADHD symptoms are exacerbated by dyslexia and vice versa. So both ADHD and dyslexia have different symptoms in common, such as information processing speed challenges, working memory deficits, and naming speed difficulties. Consequently, it can be really easy for a parent or a professional to mistake to dyslexia symptoms for ADHD. The symptoms of ADHD are usually apparent from the first day of school, whereas dyslexia is often not fully recognized until fourth or fifth grade when the school is shifting from learning to read to reading to learn.

Differences And Similarities Between The Two Conditions Include:

  • Dyslexic students who have not been diagnosed with ADHD can exhibit concentration and attention problems, primarily with reading demands but generally not in order situations. For individuals with ADHD, the attention is low in any un-stimulating environment or task. Also, generally, those who diagnosed with dyslexia are better at auditory processing than those with ADHD.