How To Know If Your Child is Dyslexic?

What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a learning disorder characterized by difficulty in reading due to problems identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words. Also called specific learning difficulties, dyslexia is a common learning difficulty in children.

Dyslexia – Indicators in Children

There are several indicators that a child may be experiencing specific learning difficulties (dyslexia). However, only a few may apply to your child. This is not an exclusive list but will help parents identify some of the signs.

  • The child has always seemed to be of at least average intelligence outside the school situation.

  • He/ She have a far greater difficulty than other children in learning to read and write.

  • Teachers and parents are puzzled by the apparent gap between the child's innate ability and the lack of ability to read and/or get things down on paper.

  • Older children may read adequately, but always seem to have more knowledge in their heads than they can commit to paper.

  • Some children have trouble with sequencing - which leads to difficulties with multiplication tables, remembering days of the week, months of the year etc.

  • The child has a problem with a string of commands, often only remembering the first one or two.

  • He/ She had trouble learning to tell the time, tie shoe laces and/ or riding a bike.

  • Your daughter or son may have had trouble learning to talk. If a good speaker, then may sometimes stumble with the pronunciation of multi-syllable words.

  • A child has word finding difficulties, e.g. s/he can describe an object, but cannot remember what that object is called.

  • Some children reverse letters and numbers for far longer than expected (beyond 7 years old). There is a family history of difficulties with reading and spelling.

In our next blogpost we will be looking at some helpful activities and homework tips that parents can do with their children in regards to specific learning difficulties (dyslexia). Please subscribe.

Author: Francesca Muhammad BEd Honours, Dipsych, MSc, CPyschol

Educational Psychologist HCPC Registered

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