Could it be dyslexia?
Jan 16, 2021
Many parents find themselves at a standstill when they see their child struggling to read. They may ask themselves: “Is my child not trying?”, “Are they distracted?” or “Could it be dyslexia?” Dyslexia is the most familiar of the langauge based learning differences and is often called a processing disorder or processing-language disability. Struggling to understand why your child is struggling can be incredibly frustrating for both the parent and child. The local public schools very rarely will begin testing until the child reaches the 2nd or 3rd grade as many students do indeed bloom at their own pace. However, there are specialists such as private reading specialists and educational psychologists are are able to perform assessments in order to better understand the struggle. Many students with dyslexia are able to squeeze by and their processing disorder goes unnoticed for many years. There are some warning signs of dyslexia and if your child has 3 or more, you may want to seek additional information.
- Delayed speech
- Mixing up the sounds and syllables in long words
- Chronic ear infections
- Constant confusion of left versus right
- Late establishing a dominant hand
- Difficulty learning to tie shoes
- Trouble memorizing their address, phone number, or the alphabet
- Can’t create words that rhyme
- A close relative with dyslexia
- Dysgraphia (slow, non-automatic handwriting)
- Letter or number reversals continuing past the end of first grade
- Slow, choppy, inaccurate reading:
- Skips or misreads prepositions (at, to, of)
- Ignores suffixes
- Can’t sound out unknown words
- Terrible spelling
- Often can’t remember sight words (they, were, does) or homonyms (their, they’re, and there)
- Difficulty telling time with a clock with hands
- Trouble with math
- When speaking, difficulty finding the correct word
- Common sayings come out slightly twisted
- Limited vocabulary
- Extremely poor written expression
- Large discrepancy between verbal skills and written compositions
- Unable to master a foreign language
- Difficulty reading printed music
- Poor grades in many classes
What is Dyslexia?
Simply stated, Dyslexia is an inherited condition that makes it difficult to learn to read and write.
The definition the International Dyslexia Association gives is:
“Dyslexia is a neurologically-based, often familial, disorder which interferes with the acquisition and processing of language. Varying in degrees of severity, it is manifested by difficulties in receptive and expressive language, including phonological processing, in reading, writing, spelling, handwriting, and sometimes in arithmetic.
Dyslexia is not the result of lack of motivation, sensory impairment, inadequate instructional or environmental opportunities, or other limiting conditions, but may occur together with these conditions.
Although dyslexia is lifelong, individuals with dyslexia frequently respond successfully to timely and appropriate intervention.”
The wiring of the brain is different…it is NOT broken. Since dyslexia is a processing disorder, specialized instruction can assist in rewiring the brain. In this video from Understood.org, hear from leading dyslexia expert, Guinevere Eden, on what parts of the brain are used for reading. See how the brain function of a child with dyslexia can actually change when they learn how to read fluently.
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