Have you been getting reports back from your child’s teacher that show they may be having some difficulties with reading? If so, then it may be time to ask your child a few questions to find out if there is something going on. In many cases, children may appear to be confused or they may seem to be distracted when in reality it could be dyslexia. Here are 5 questions that you can ask your child to pinpoint why they are struggling to read.
1. Do you notice words or sentences that become blurry or wiggly when reading? When a child is dyslexic, one optic nerve works faster than the other, so information is relayed differently causing words to appear blurry or wiggly. This means that when reading something using double spaced, someone with dyslexia will see it as blurry. Single spacing works best!
2. Do the spaces in between the lines move when reading? Because the brain processes information differently for those with dyslexia, the spaces don’t move, but they typically see what some refer to as a “river of space” in between letters and lines. Left align text in documents makes it easier for those with dyslexia to read.
3. Do you have double vision or see two words or sentences when reading? Dyslexic readers may experience double vision or what some refer to as a “washed out text”. This may occur when there are long paragraphs in your child’s textbook or any other book or letter. Not only does it appear as double vision for them, but it is likely to cause eye fatigue quickly which can lead to headaches.
4. Do the words ever “scrunch together” when reading? Dyslexic readers may be challenged by specific fonts used in story books, or in other words decorative writing, like calligraphy. This font, italicized words, and small text can create the “scrunch together” affect for a dyslexic reader.
5. Do the words ever “pull apart” when reading? When using a justified text, this can create that “river affect” mentioned above. This can cause the reader to lose their place repeatedly, which ends in frustration for them and for the teacher. This is an important question to ask your child to identify the challenges they are facing.
We hope that these questions were helpful for you. Be sure to check back often for more helpful information regarding dyslexia each week!