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 in reading. People with dyslexia have trouble reading at a good pace and without mistakes. They may also have a hard time with reading comprehension, spelling, and writing. But these challenges aren’t a problem with intelligence.
People with dyslexia don’t outgrow it. But there are teaching approaches and strategies that can help them improve their reading skills and manage the challenges. People of any age can be tested for dyslexia, although the tests are different for adults than for kids.
Dyslexia impacts people in different ways. So, symptoms might not look the same from one person to another.
A key sign of dyslexia is trouble decoding words. This is the ability to match letters to sounds. Kids can also struggle with a more basic skill called phonemic awareness which is the ability to recognize the sounds in words. Trouble with phonemic awareness can show up as early as preschool.
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
How To Check for Dyslexia or Learning Challenges:
If you suspect that your child is dyslexic or have a learning challenge, you should consult your child's paediatrician or a speech and language therapist to have your child tested.
There are several 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.
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