Dyslexia: What exactly is it and how do I know if my child has it?
You see that your child is having difficulty in school but you’re not exactly sure what the problem is. This is a common place for a parent to find themselves. Dyslexia is mainly an issue with making letter-sound connections and being able to decode and read fluently. It is a lifelong condition that cannot be “cured”, however skills can be learned to overcome the issues associated with it. Signs and symptoms will vary depending on the age of your child.
Despite the common misconception that Dyslexia is a condition where a child visually sees letters or words backwards, it is not at all the case. It is also not a condition involving a child’s intelligence. A child with Dyslexia can display typical or above expected intelligence compared to their peers and still experience significant learning difficulty because of it. Some of the more common issues associated with Dyslexia include; difficulty with writing, spelling and rhyming, decoding (sounding out) common words, reading smoothly, and understanding what they read such as a math problem.
A child psychologist can be a great resource for your child and can provide them with a multitude of tools to help them succeed. First, your child will be given a thorough, personalized evaluation to target problem areas. Communication will be made with the child’s instructors to create a plan of action that is best suited for your child. Children with Dyslexia usually benefit most from multisensory instruction, which means a combination of sight, movement, hearing and the ability to use their hands.
If you have concerns regarding your child’s academic development or feel your child may be displaying such symptoms, please feel free to contact us for a free phone consultation. Dr. Sepideh Homayoonfar is a child-clinical psychologist with specialization in neuropsychological evaluations for learning and attentional issues.
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