Try as you might, the symptoms continue and your child keeps failing in school with no end in sight.
You can't help it, but end up yelling at your child and they end up crying.
You know that something is wrong but just can't seem to put your finger on it.
Here is what dyslexia is all about.
Dyslexia is a neurological, often genetic, disorder which interferes with processing language. Although dyslexia appears to be a visual problem, it's not.
Dyslexia is actually more about hearing than seeing.
Fortunately, dyslexia tests can be used to diagnose and identify the various types of dyslexia. Once a child has been diagnosed with dyslexia, parents can then get help with their child's reading challenges.
What are the symptoms of dyslexia?
Struggles learning the alphabet
Exhibits speech and language problems
Lacks understanding of rhyming words
Struggles associating a sound with its written symbol
Skips words or puts in extra words when reading
Changes words when reading
Guesses wildly at words
Reads a word correctly several times on a page, but then forgets it in seconds
Reads slowly and with great difficulty
Knows too few words for his age and grade level
Comprehends well but difficulty with decoding
Cries or becomes upset when asked to read
How can you help your dyslexic child?
Have your child evaluated for a learning disability at school. Gather information. If your child is classified as dyslexic or learning disabled, find out about classes, modifications, and electronic support systems from your state education department and the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). Read about dyslexia. "Overcoming Dyslexia" by Dr. Sally Shaywitz, is an excellent resource.
Find a dyslexia tutor. Hire a qualified reading tutor who uses a phonics-based reading program such as Orton-Gillingham. Play memory and word games. Do phonics flash cards.
Improve fluency. Read easy-to-read books with your child, one or two levels below her grade level. Computerized books or read-along books and audio books also help improve fluency. Reading poems and plays over and over again work too.
Whilst your child will eventually read and may even become a great reader, they will still need extra time.
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