The ability to read serves as a gateway for so many of life’s advantages. A solid understanding and appreciation of reading has an abundance of benefits when it comes to learning about ourselves and the world around us. It can provide an ever-present escape into imagination and comfortable solitude and acts as an essential element to mastering other academic subjects.
Recognizing letters, understanding their associated sounds, and deciphering the meaning of words are foundational aspects of language. Consequently, children who struggle with reading face several challenges if they don’t receive appropriate intervention.
Proper assessment is the first step; learn how to determine if your child simply needs some extra tutoring or may have a learning disability such as dyslexia, and about the steps you can take to help them read and succeed.
Dyslexia is more than a learning disorder about reading; it can also present obstacles with spelling, speaking, writing, and rhyming. Dyslexia relates to language in general and doesn’t present itself with the same symptoms in all children.
Some children have difficulty sounding out words, while others find reading comprehension to be a challenge. Dyslexia can have a negative impact not only on academics but also on a child’s self-esteem if they feel intellectually inferior to their peers or perpetually frustrated in school.
Dyslexia can have several risk factors and causes, including:
Read the following list of warning signs by age to determine if your child might benefit from an assessment.
Children often show signs of being dyslexic before they’re in school, such as:
Children are typically diagnosed once they are school-aged since their symptoms become more apparent. Watch out for:
Some children aren’t diagnosed until later in life. Common signs of dyslexia in older children and adults are similar to those in school-aged children, and include:
Early assessment and intervention are the two most critical components to succeeding academically, socially, and, eventually, out in the world as an adult if your child has dyslexia. Address your concerns with your child’s teacher and pediatrician and ask for resources that could help you secure an evaluation and treatment if necessary.
Last, but not least, make sure your child knows that dyslexia is common in children and not an indicator of their intelligence. With patience, understanding, and professional guidance, your child can thrive despite having a learning disability.
At Learning Lab, we support the full “ecosystem” of children who are smart but struggle in a traditional school setting. Our personalized approach for each child teaches the way that they learn and paves the way for a collaborative educational experience between learners, their families, and school communities. Find out how we can help your child.