Does your child find it difficult to read? Does her writing look strange?
Dyslexia is a lifelong condition that manifests in the difficulty to read and to write. This is a simplistic definition, but it makes sense to most parents of dyslexic children. Dyslexia is the most common learning disability, and affects children’s performance in school negatively if no remedial or assistive measures are taken.
In fact, quite the opposite. There are many famous scientists and inventors who were dyslexics. Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison and W.B Yeats are some of the very famous people who were dyslexic. Dyslexia has nothing to do with intelligence. On the contrary, dyslexics can actually be quite intelligent. Also, dyslexia is not a problem with vision or attitude. Therefore, it will be a gross injustice to brand people with dyslexia as dumb or just plain lazy. In fact, with the right kind of assistance and support, dyslexics can do very well in personal life and professional career.
Watch out for the following signs and symptoms to know if your child is affected by dyslexia.
Even before a child starts school, dyslexia may manifest as
Once the child enters school, the symptoms become more obvious. Dyslexics typically show
There are certain conditions that sometimes co-exist with dyslexia. These may or may not be related to learning or academic achievement. These conditions are as follows:
Being diagnosed with dyslexia should not hinder any child from doing well in school or in other areas of life. For parents of dyslexic children there are many avenues open, to seek help. There are reading programs specifically designed to help children with dyslexia such as The Orton-Gillingham Approach, Preventing Academic Failure (PAF) and The Lindamood-Bell Program. British Dyslexia Association helps with screening of dyslexia and even a shop that offers assisting products.
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