I'm a reading tutor. My new student is exhibiting some unsettling reading behavior.
As an example, we learned the word "woman" two weeks ago. He sometimes reads that word correctly. However, at times, he will see this word and read it as "girl", or "lady".
This seems to me to be an aphasic presentation, but having zero experience or training as a speech pathologist, I'm just guessing.
Yesterday, on a flash card exercise, he read the word "little" as "small". We had not encountered "small" in our lessons.
I am not trained in this field, but it seems to me that this indicates a dysfunction of word processing. He sees the word, knows its meaning, but decodes it in such a way that his response to the word is a synonym, but not the word.
This student is male and in his thirties. He dropped out of school in the tenth grade. His reading level is, I would say, pre-kindergarten. I am intrigued (and yes, troubled, for his sake) by this phenomenon. Perhaps it is a type of dyslexia?
He also has a speech impairment, having trouble with words that start with "y" or "l". From what little contact I've had with his family (siblings and mother), they seem to have similar problems. I just would like to know what this disability is called.
He exhibits other reading disabilities too numerous and detailed to try to describe in this message.
As far as I know, he's never had a brain injury.
Any information would be appreciated.