Every child learns to read and write at their own pace. Just because your child is not at the same level as their friend does not necessarily mean that there is anything wrong. However, if you notice signs that your child is struggling with learning new words, pronouncing words correctly or reading, it may indicate that there is something more going on, such as dyslexia.
Dyslexia affects how the brain processes information, both written and spoken. It may take children longer to comprehend what they have read or heard. While many people think of dyslexia in relation to reading, it can also affect your child’s writing and speaking.
Here are some common signs that may indicate dyslexia:
- Trouble connecting letters to the appropriate sounds
- Lack of interest in reading or reading very slowly
- Difficulty remembering what they have read
- Reversing letters or words while reading or writing
- Transposing or substituting letters or words while reading or writing
- Trouble sounding out new words or reading words in isolation
You may notice that your child shies away from reading aloud or writing assignments. While dyslexia can be challenging, it does not have to hold them back from being successful. Through different types of therapy and interventions, PediaPlex works with children who have dyslexia to help them learn new strategies for reading and writing and strengthen their skills.
At home, make reading part of your daily routine with your child. Read aloud to them, read aloud together, take turns reading, and let them read to you. Pick books that pique their interest and motivate them to keep trying. If they struggle with a word, give them a minute to try to figure it out, then tell them and reinforce correct pronunciation and identification. It can be more frustrating and discouraging to let them continue struggling.
If you are concerned that your child may have dyslexia, contact PediaPlex today for a comprehensive evaluation and treatment planning. There is help available, and your child can learn to thrive with the right support.
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