We read through our mind
September 15, 2021
“Dyslexia is not a pigeonhole to say you can’t do anything. It is an opportunity and a possibility to learn differently. You have magical brains, they just process differently. Don’t feel like you should be held back by it.”
- Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice.
We often see children around us who suffer in reading and writing in school. Most parents think their child is stupid, but that’s not true. There are about 20% of people in the world who are affected by dyslexia. Dyslexia means difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, letters, and other symbols. To your surprise, I am one of them too. Growing up, reading used to be difficult for me. With the help of therapists, I overcame it. While reading, “Designing with the mind in mind” by Jeff Johnson, I came to realize that reading is considered being a skill as it requires a process to learn and we learn it by training our eyes and memory.

We train our eyes to combine features to form patterns in order to identify characters. Thus, this process helps us to read. Our reading can be affected in many ways; coming across unfamiliar vocabulary, unrecognized typography, noisy backgrounds, repetition of information, alignment of text, are few things that slow down our visual capabilities and, hence, our reading.

Our memory is equally vital to learn to read. It’s the memory, which registers and recollects shapes and patterns in our mind. Short-term and long-term memories help us recognize and recall the things we learn and observe around us.

Many people think that ability to read is something we are born with, however, it is something we gain while growing in our life. It is developed through a complex interaction of our visual and memory power, i.e., we read through our mind.
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