Today, I want to highlight reading difficulties or dyslexia as a common and troubling disorder.
Signs can be detected from about 3 years of age onwards as children fall behind their peers in reading. Commonly one will encounter any or all of the following:
- May have poor reading ability or poor comprehension
- May often misread information
- May have problems with syntax or grammar
- May confuse similar letters or numbers, reverse them, or confuse their order
- May have difficulty reading addresses, small print and/or columns
The amount of disability and its causes will have to be determined by experts individually for each child. Various standardised tests are available to help with the diagnosis. Depending on the cause, many childrens’ disability can be lessened or even sometimes eliminated. Early detection and treatment are keys to success but our experience at Challenge is also that it is better late than never!
Dyslexia IS TREATABLE!
Almost every town now has professional help available for affected children. To ignore a child’s difficulties will simply consign them to a life far below their true potential. Any child that is considered "slow", or "disorganised" (stupid, dumb... are words that should never be used of any child!) should be screened for a learning disorder.
If you have questions please do feel free to contact me (my email address is down in the footer) or post your question as a comment here.
I will soon do short highlights on each of the following - Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia, ADHD, Autism and Aspergers, nutrition for kids with LD, and finally a few posts on tips for parents and especially for those who do not have access to professional help, at PonnVandu, so please follow the rest of this fascinating series there...