Dyslexia and Its Consequences on Nigerian Students
By Stanley Dilibe
Despite normal intelligence, many students assume themselves to be nothing but people with empty brain, unfit for the clarion call for literacy. They feel inferior, incompetent and unprivileged literary lovers. They develop low self esteem and if care is not taken, they get drowned into the slough of despond.
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Dyslexia, one of the prevalent teaching-learning problems, is conclusively an unfamiliar word in our environment especially in the Nigeria Educational Environment. The term is barely known by students and even teachers (lecturers). Thus, sufferers being ignorant of what is wrong with their learning ability tend to merge to the background and cloaked themselves in shame for lack of learning potentials. Dyslexia is basically neurological and often hereditary. It effectuates difficulties in reading, writing, spelling and organization and makes easy reading difficult, which influences not only academic triumph but also self-esteem and social-emotional development. Sufferer is being subjected to extreme ridicules and abuses from parents, teachers (lecturers) and fellow peers who are oblivious of what the person is passing through in the neurological chain of words recognition and decoding. Consequently, this paper discusses dyslexia: features, theories, types and causes and its impact on Nigerian students.
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