Sometimes you may wonder why your child has difficulties in reading, identifying speech sounds, or learning how to relate letters and words. This means there is a high chance your child is suffering from Dyslexia. This is a disorder that affects reading abilities and areas of the brain that process language. This disorder not only affects the young generation but also adults. People with dyslexia have normal intelligence and vision. In most cases, children with dyslexia can succeed in school with tutoring or being assigned to special education programs. Emotional support can also play a vital role in treating dyslexia.
Bad news is there is no cure for dyslexia but early interventions and assessment could result in the best outcome. This disorder may go undiagnosed for years and isn’t recognized until adulthood but this will not be the end of seeking help.
What are the symptoms associated with dyslexia?
The signs associated with this disorder cannot be recognized easily especially before your child enters school, but early signs may indicate a problem. Once your child reaches school age, his or her teacher may notice some of the problems related to difficulty in reading and relating letters and words.
For children, before school, they may experience the following;
- Late talking
- Learning new words slowly
- Difficulties in learning nursery rhymes
- Problem with remembering words, letters and colors
- Reading below the expected level of age
- The problem of processing and comprehending what he or she hears
- Difficulties in spelling
- Avoiding reading activities
So what next?
In some instances, a doctor might be required to diagnose whether the child’s reading is below the expected level for his or her age.
Children or people with a high risk of developing dyslexia
- A family with dyslexia history or other learning disabilities
- Premature birth or low weight
- Individual differences in parts of the brain that enhance reading
- Exposure to nicotine, drugs, alcohol during pregnancy.