Dyslexia: Do You Know the Warning Signs?

by Rich on February 7, 2013 · 3 comments

Do you know what signs to look for when it comes to dyslexia? Chances are you found this article because you are looking for answers for yourself or for someone you love that you believe may struggle with dyslexia.

Recently, an article was published in the Exponent Telegram about the warning signs of dyslexia, and the possible solutions that exist to help struggling readers work through the challenges they face every day.

Statistics on Dyslexia

Did you know that one in five people struggle with dyslexia? This number might sound staggering to you, but the truth is dyslexia goes undiagnosed for much longer than it should. Imagine for a moment, the struggle a child might encounter in school and the frustration of both parent and child because their grades are failing. A child’s success in school is everything, and when a child is struggling to read from kindergarten and up, their chance of success is slim. This is why early diagnosis is critical, so that children can learn the building blocks to advance to the next grade.

It was interesting that the Pediatric Neuropsychologist interviewed for this article has a son that is dyslexic. As a result, she has made it a point to team up with a non-profit organization known as Learning Ally, to get the word out to the public about the warning signs and what can be done to help struggling readers and their parents.

Dr. Dawson gives recommendations things to look for with their children to see if the telltale signs of dyslexia are there. Watching for the following challenges with your children include:

  • Trouble with learning the alphabet or identifying the letters; this could also include connecting the letter with the sound of the letter.
  • Trouble with learning songs or poems that rhyme, challenges with learning days of the week, months and years.
  • Trouble with the recognition of numbers and counting.
  • Trouble reading in a fluid manner when they read out loud. They might read in a choppy fashion or make multiple errors too.
  • Trouble learning standard vocabulary, and people, places or things.

Dr. Dawson recommends that you get your child evaluated by an expert early on, rather than waiting until your child has failed for the school year and has become discouraged. The ability to read early in life will greatly affect your child’s ability to retain knowledge, and learn the necessary building blocks in school.

You can read the full article and read more about Dr. Dawson’s recommendations when you go to http://www.exponent-telegram.com/online_features/health_and_wellness/article_4a4781f4-4835-52f9-9de0-0ea18a32ae0d.html.

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