Know the Signs of Dyslexia
Did you know that one in five students, or 15-20% of the population, have a language-based learning disability with dyslexia being the most common? Significant numbers of students with dyslexia go undiagnosed and their symptoms unaddressed.
Dyslexia is sort of an invisible problem. It’s not an illness like chicken pox or a cold. Because dyslexia affects some people more severely than others, your child’s symptoms may look different from those in another child.
Some kids with dyslexia have trouble with reading and spelling. Others may struggle to write or to tell left from right. Some children don’t seem to struggle with early reading and writing. But later on, they have trouble with complex language skills, such as grammar, reading comprehension, and more in-depth writing.
Dyslexia can also make it difficult for people to express themselves clearly. It can be hard for them to structure their thoughts during conversation. They may have trouble finding the right words to say.
Others struggle to understand what they’re hearing. This is especially true when someone uses nonliteral language such as jokes and sarcasm.
The signs you see may also look different at various ages. Some of the warning signs for dyslexia, such as a speech delay, appear before a child reaches kindergarten. More often, though, dyslexia is identified in grade school. As schoolwork gets more demanding, trouble processing language becomes more apparent. Many children have one or two of these issues on occasion. But kids with dyslexia have several of these issues, and they don’t go away.
Dyslexia doesn’t just affect reading and writing. Children with dyslexia often struggle with social skills, listening comprehension, reading comprehension, navigation skills, and time management.
Dyslexia is neurologically based and often hereditary. Because the source of dyslexia lies in the brain, children do not outgrow dyslexia.
Early intervention to address reading problems is important. Parents must understand that children with dyslexia can learn normally, but probably need to learn in different ways than children without the condition.
Testing and screening for dyslexia are available and are very important. Without proper diagnosis and instruction, dyslexia can lead to frustration, school failure, and low self-esteem.
With the proper intervention, children with dyslexia can learn to read well. As adults, people with dyslexia can be successful in many different careers, although many adults with dyslexia continue to have difficulty with spelling and tend to read relatively slowly.
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