What Is Dyslexia?
For thousands of parents and children, dyslexia is a traumatic experience, but there are many persons with dyslexia who have coped extremely well and are leading professionals around the world.
Dyslexia is a learning disability that affects a person’s ability to either interpret what they see and hear or to link information from different parts of the brain.
These limitations show up in difficulties with the spoken and written language, coordination and attention. These difficulties can impede learning to read, write and do mathematics and the condition ranges from mild to severe and can affect anyone.
Dyslexia is NOT a disease and while there is no known cure for it, persons with dyslexia can learn coping skills through professional assistance and soar to the heights of his/her ability.
Many dyslexic children attend some of the leading schools on the island and they go on to university like any other child. Children suffering from dyslexia are not stupid and the condition is nothing to be ashamed about.
Dyslexic children tend to be creative and intelligent and they are usually good sportsmen/women. Dyslexic children experience problems and frustrations at school because they have the answers in their brains and they can speak them but cannot write them. Some of them are teased and they can have low self-esteem. It is therefore very important to have your child tested as knowing and learning to deal with dyslexia can make the world of difference to his success.
My nephew was just seven years old when he was diagnosed with dyslexia and by the age of 22 he earned a degree in engineering while also excelling in sports. I believe that the trick to his success was when his parents sat down and explained to him what dyslexia was all about and how they went about assuring him that he just had to learn differently.
They encouraged him in many activities and his self esteem soared as he excelled in many sports. I am saddened that children with dyslexia are often sent to special needs schools or made to think that they cannot succeed.
Although there are varying levels of dyslexia, all affected persons need to create their own path to success and parents need to give full support to helping them reach their attainable goals.
If you think that your child is dyslexic, you should have the child tested by a language/speech therapist or a doctor who can futher assist you with the best treatment for the child.
Check for Dyslexia or Learning Challenges:
If you suspect that your child is dyslexic, you should see your child's paediatrician or a speech and language therapist.
Depending on the severity of the dyslexia, you might want to consider a private school for your child where he/she is likely to receive more attention. There are also schools that cater to children with learning challenges.
Private primary schools (click) Always visit the school and get more information before making your final decision.
Some likely indicators that your child can be dyslexic:
If your child is not speaking clearly by three
If other people constantly ask you to translate what your child is saying?
If a five-year-old cannot tie his/her shoe lace If he/she is confused with directional words such as up/down or in/out.
If your child is highly intelligent but cannot read at his/her age level or If your child becomes disruptive in class and refuses to participate in reading.
If he/she enjoys being read to, but refuses to read
If your child is great at mathematics but can hardly spell his/her name.
Difficulty learning nursery rhymes