My favorite know-it-alls are the ones who try to tell me that my learning disabilities are due to red food coloring or sugar. Because sugar makes me reverse letters and numbers and red food dye is responsible for bad handwriting. When I ask for sources, I get referred to sketchy websites. When I try to explain about genetics (two uncles and one aunt possibly have LDs), I am ignored. I now know to bean-dip. That reminds me of someone who claimed to be an expert in child education and learning difficulties who ran afoul of my mum when I was about 6. ChildExpert told my mum that she was treating a five year oldchild who had difficulty reading apparently because the child hadn't crawled enough when she was a baby. ChildExpert had the child crawl around the table at home repeatedly and apparently this helped her reading skills . My mum piped up that I had never crawled as a child, just sort of gone from sitting to walking in a very short period.
Aha! ChildExpert leapt onto this and said "Oh, she must be a terrible reader then!". My mum politely pointed out that actually I had the highest reading age of all the children in my class and was reading several years above my actual age. ChildExpert was rather put out by that, and insisted I must have some reading problems that my mum was unaware of.
I should mention I was sitting between the two of them during this conversation, merrily reading a Hardy Boys book with no obvious trouble.
She was rude, there does seem to be some type of link.
Parents of kids we suspect of being dyslexic/dysgraphic are asked about crawling/not crawling or crab walking instead of crawling. Along with a bunch of other questions about reponses to lighting situations, colors etc.
I have cross over - I'm not left or right sided. One of the early signs was I didn't crawl but crab walked (Moved same side arm and leg with my rear stuck up in the air), and from the time I started walking till I was part of medical study that included PT I walked with the same pattern.
In 7th grade (12 yo), a student doc noticed my awkward movements during an eye exam. I ended up in the medical study, and got PT as part of it. After the study was over, they recommended I do dance or martial arts. We had a dance team at school and I was in the try out class for 2 years. I know it sound strange but the PT that included mostly gross motor but it helped my hand writing some.
Still I wasn't diagnosed during the study. It was years later in University before I got a full diagnoses.
I wonder if when we learn more about the brain if we will find the Rx dyslexic/Dysgraphic is broadly covering similar symptoms of multiple different causes. My dyslexia and dsygraphia seem to be linked to the whole cross over thing.
My co-worker's daughter's symptoms are more linked to her eye sight and different lighting situations. She doesn't have any cross over symptoms and is actually nationally ranked athlete.