Every night, we would do the homework the school had sent home. And every night it felt like we were starting from scratch.
When we sat down to read those beginner books, he had to sound out each and every word (if he could.) And then, if a word he had just sounded out would show up on the next page, it was like he had never seen it before.
The “reading specialist” kept telling me he just had to work harder. That we needed to do more at home.
This kid was killing himself trying to get it. Tears. Rage. Avoidance. Exhaustion. Every night it ended with some kind of emotional combo one-two punch for him.
My child did not need to work harder. He needed someone educated in learning disabilities to recognize that he had severe Dyslexia.
Once I started really understanding what Dyslexia is, I was shocked at how obvious my son’s signs were! Why wouldn’t someone who is supposed to be educated in teaching kids how to read not know these? But you’d be surprised at how many educators have not educated themselves in understanding let alone recognizing Dyslexia in children.
These are scenarios that many parents might be able to relate to if they have a child with dyslexia. As a parent, all we want is the best for our children. It is hard to see them struggle in school, trying so hard but still failing to get a grasp of simple things which their peers do so easily. Due to lack of awareness and guidance, it is a shame that parents fail to realize the cause of such problems due to which children start to think less of themselves and often breed hatred for all things around them. Which is why it is important to be informed about the possible symptoms to detect dyslexia.
What are the Warning Signs of Dyslexia?
Research shows that one in five people have some learning disability – yet for many children, the problem remains unidentified and undiagnosed far longer than it should. Experts agree that early detection and intervention is extremely beneficial for children who are showing signs of dyslexia or other learning differences.
It’s important to understand the early warning signs of Dyslexia, so you’ll know, as a parent, if you need to take action. A child with Dyslexia may have difficulties:
- Learning the alphabet, identifying letters, and/or processing letter-sound relationships
- Learning nursery rhymes, preschool songs, the days of the week, the months of the year
- Learning to count and recognizing numbers
- Reading out loud (slow, “choppy” and error-prone)
- Breaking word sounds apart or blending them together
- Several other warning signs of Dyslexia in children include:
- A history of challenges in speech and/or language development
- Weak fine motor skills, messy handwriting and/or trouble learning to write letters, numbers or even their name
- Trouble with repetitive learning of facts, vocabulary, names of people and places
- Trouble with math, especially learning math facts and computation
If a child is exhibiting some of these symptoms, parents should seek an evaluation by an expert in Dyslexia and reading impairments. School psychologists, pediatric neuropsychologists, educational therapists and speech language pathologists are among the different professionals who are qualified to provide a diagnosis.