Dyslexia is a relatively common learning problem that affects an estimated 5 to 8 percent of the world.
Simply put, dyslexia in children is a condition where children find great difficulty in learning, which manifests itself as difficulties in reading and writing.
Generally, dyslexia is considered by professionals to be irreversible.
Parents should be wary however of self diagnosing their children to have dyslexia. Even if medical professionals jump to that conclusion, parents should seek a second opinion if possible.
Before we go further here are some facts about dyslexia.
1. Your child will not out grow dyslexia. It is not a”phase”.
2. Dyslexia may manifest itself as letter reversals but this is not a good way to diagnose dyslexia.
3. People with dyslexia are just as smart as everyone else, many people with dyslexia have gone on to successful careers.
4. Many people do not even know they have dyslexia in the first place, and they live perfectly normal healthy lives.
5. People with dyslexia can still learn, but traditional teaching methods may be less effective.
6. People with dyslexia can manifest it differently at different times in different circumstances – they do not always have difficulty learning.
7. Parents can still effectively educate children with dyslexia, but will need to exercise more patience and creativity when doing so.
Some common symptoms of dyslexia are as follows. Keep in mind that even if your child has ALL these symptoms, it still does not mean that he/she has dyslexia.
1. Difficulty learning new words.
2. Letter and number reversals when writing.
3. Great difficulty in assigning sounds to words.
4. Often forgets how simple words are spelt.
5. Can remember all the letters in a word, but often mixes up the order they appear in.
6. Has difficulty doing problem solving maths questions.
7. Has to read sentences very slowly or multiple times in order to understand them.
8. Skips words or sentences when reading out loud.
9. Confuses the names of similar things (picks up a knife instead of a fork).
If any of the above symptoms persist past the age of 7, parents should seek professional assistance. If a child is indeed found to have dyslexia, parents have to keep in mind that for most people – this really has no significant impact or consequence in the long run.
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