Dyslexia: Are You Heading Toward an Intervention?
A child who is dyslexic is not only having difficulty making meaningful distinctions between letters but is also struggling to make intuitive sense of words. Whether your child has reading or a language skills need, an intervention can do wonders. Knowing how to recognize signs of dyslexia is the first step.
Here are some signs a child may not be able to read.
Your child’s name looks differently on the front of a book
With a name, you can usually tell who it is, when it was printed and on which page. Some names appear more than once, or are just in a different color.
Your child’s name comes up whenever you ask for it.
A child who cannot identify an address or a number shows difficulties remembering names.
There is someone else in the room who can identify the address from your child’s name.
“Adult” letters are smudged
When an adult writes, white lines will run down the page in the middle. You will also see an imaginary black marker line. That means a child’s eyes have trouble reading.
Your child’s words don’t make sense
A child who does not understand the difference between meaning and meaning and between individual words on a page is having trouble reading. For example, a child might say, “Rabbit has toe and feet.” If the words come out the same, the child cannot make sense of what they mean.
Your child has trouble identifying short words
A child who cannot read smaller letters will struggle reading longer words, such as “still” and “old.” While it is normal for children to struggle with reading words of different lengths, when they do not have the ability to read long words, it means they cannot separate sound from meaning.
Your child’s words can’t be read out loud
It is normal for words to sound the same out loud or when a child is in a class with other children. However, for young children, who cannot fully comprehend what other people are trying to say, it can be difficult to read out loud.
You have to explain that something isn’t right
A child who cannot read well can struggle to express himself and get to the point when his words come out the same as everyone else’s.
Your child does not have a grasp of English
When your child can’t read, it is easy to spot that you have to explain that they have dyslexia. When the children who are making some of the mistakes have trouble with foreign language, it means that there is some trouble with English.
Will awareness and treatment of dyslexia be helpful?
A little awareness and a little treatment can go a long way. For example, a child who reads well may become frustrated if their teacher does not make it easy to read. If it is easier for your child to learn to read, they might feel more at ease. Once the word decoding skills are taught, children may even enjoy doing it.