Dyslexia and Science

Dyslexia and science are not two words you usually see together! As a dyslexic scientist, I have found that using simple and more colloquial language has helped me communicate my research. Let me explain.

My dyslexic means I have a deficiency in the processing of the distinctive linguistic units called phonemes which make up all spoken and written words. Think about how we learn to read. While reading reflects the spoken language, it is much hard to master and we need to be taught. Of course, while both speaking and reading rely on phonological processing, there is a significant difference, speaking is natural and reading is not. Reading is an invention and must be learned at a conscious level.

When we begin to learn how to read we become aware of the internal phonological structure of spoken words. This means converting letter symbols to their correct sound and convert sounds to their correct written symbols (spell). As I have poor phonological awareness, that is an inability to break words down into their component sounds. For example the word cat consists of three phonemes kuh, aah and tuh. The act of pronouncing long words or novel terms is very hard so to help me adapt I use more simple language!

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