Dyslexia Awareness Month on October, 2021: is dyslexia common with autism?
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YES! Dyslexia and autism are common co-morbidities, they aren't as common as autism/bipolar, or autism/ADD/HD though.
I have both, dx both at the same time 30 years ago. I am visual spatial dyslexic, originally dx with a PDD. In college, dx asperger's but I believe I could really be more HFA than aspie but idk.
Son, has both. Dx with PDD.NOS or autistic features at 25 months old. Dx dyslexic at 7.5 years old. (he also has an ADD.NOS dx too)
Other son is PDD.NOS, and hyperlexic
and my father is asperger's and hyperlexic
Both dyslexics and autistics have a larger more condensed frontal lobe, more likely to think in pictures, have superb phonemic awareness my son scored 27+ years on this in his woodcock johnson IEE supporting an underdevelopment in Wernicke's area and overdevelopment in Broca's area 44 and 45. Please see the current science journal article of A biological basis for dyslexia: a maturing perspective. The echolalia you see in many on the spectrum also supports an advanced Broca's area 44+45. This is also why so many actors come out and say they are on the spectrum, or dyslexic.
Actors on the spectrum: Andy Kauffman, Dan Ackroyd, Darryl Hannah, Woody Allen
actors who are dyslexic:Tom Cruise, Robin Williams, Orlando Bloom, Billy Bob Thorton
Those given an autistic diagnosis and a dyslexic diagnosis: Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Henry Ford, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Leonardo Da Vinci, Keanu Reeves
Whomever thumbs downed this answer has no factual knowledge on the co-morbidities of dyslexia and autism
I have some questions about dyslexia?
There are treatments that might help. You are surprisingly good at your sentence structure, organization, punctuation and spelling for someone with dyslexia, good for you.
There is no cure but there is remedial education, speech therapists, tutors, and reading specialists, and every public school is required to provide them for dyslexic students.
Oral reading ability
Building a vocabulary
Your first step might be to go to your school nurse and provide her with the name of the doctor that thinks you are dyslexic and giving her permission to call him to confirm.
Your school psychologist will probably want to administer some reading tests to evaluate and see where you need help. He can take care of your grades and schedule and allow you to slow down and work with tutors, so don't worry.
Dyslexia doesn't affect intelligence but may affect auditory, visual and attentional cognition. It is both a learning disability and a reading disability.
Can a person who has suffered a closed head injury develope dyslexia?
It depends on when the head injury occurred. If the injury occurred several months to years ago, most likely no. If it occurred within the last 3 months, yes. It also depends on the area of the brain that was injured. Most head injuries occur from a car, bike, or motorcycle accidents resulting in injuries at the front of the brain (the frontal lobe). I could go on and on about the different characteristics you may see with an individual who has had a head injury (Traumatic Brain Injury) but you might get more information from your local support group for people with TBI. You can also go to these sites: ; , , ,and .
From the American Speech and Hearing Association: "Cognitive difficulties are very common in people with TBI. Cognition (thinking skills) includes an awareness of one's surroundings, attention to tasks, memory, reasoning, problem solving, and executive functioning (e.g., goal setting, planning, initiating, self-awareness, self-monitoring and evaluation). Problems vary depending on the location and severity of the injury to the brain and may include the following:
Trouble concentrating when there are distractions (e.g., carrying on a conversation in a noisy restaurant or working on a few tasks at once).
Slower processing or "taking in" of new information. Longer messages may have to be "chunked," or broken down into smaller pieces. The person may have to repeat/rehearse messages to make sure he or she has processed the crucial information. Communication partners may have to slow down their rate of speech.
Problems with recent memory. New learning can be difficult. Long-term memory for events and things that occurred before the injury, however, is generally unaffected (e.g., the person will remember names of friends and family).
Executive functioning problems. The person may have trouble starting tasks and setting goals to complete them. Planning and organizing a task is an effort, and it is difficult to self-evaluate work. Individuals often seem disorganized and need the assistance of families and friends. They also may have difficulty solving problems, and they may react impulsively (without thinking first) to situations."
Hope this information helps.