Social & Emotional Effects

Dyslexia Social Problems

  • About 30% of children with dyslexia also have at least a mild form of AD/HD, consequently other social problems arise.
  • Children may be less organized than their peers
  • Children may have less self-control, and more difficulty conforming to social rules than their peers. Such behaviors may be alienating to others.
  • Because of their difficulty with language, they may unintentionally foster mis-communications with others, and it may be a turn-off to peers.
  • Students who feel badly about themselves may not have the social confidence or skill to seek and maintain friendships, and may become withdrawn from friends and family.

Emotional Effects of Dyslexia

  • Depression: The most common emotional effect
  • Negative and self-critical thoughts
  • Depressed mood, lack of enjoyment
  • Inability to imagine a positive future; feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.
  • High Anxiety: The Student becomes fearful of school and seek to avoid it because the anxiety triggered from school is extremely uncomfortable.  The Anxiety makes it more difficult if not impossible to pay attention, concentrate, and stay on task.
  • Feeling “Dumb”: Even kindergarten children can be aware that they are not learning things as easy as their peers.  They expect to be able to read, write and spell.  They are mystified when these difficulties arise.  They attribute this to being “dumb” because they have no way of understanding what may be wrong.