Dyslexia in Children

To many of us reading seems easy and is automatic for people without difficulty. Reading can be as complex task for our brains. We should not be surprised that children struggle with reading. Twenty to twenty-five percent of the United States population has a reading disability called dyslexia. This is one of the major causes for failure of reading in school.

Learning challenges can lead you to frustration and self-doubt, especially if it has to do with your child before their diagnosed. The good news to this is that dyslexia identified early if you take them in to their doctor, as soon as you see a problem, or you can test the child at home. To test your child at home, use words that your children know, and have them read or spell them. You will see the writing and reading a problem as some words look backwards or letters mixed.

Children will begin learning to read as they learn speech sounds to make the words. They learn how to blend a sound in to words, and then they will instantly recognize the words they have heard and seen before. Reading is requires doing many things at once, on perfect timing. With the practice, that typical readers learn to read automatically allows them to focus their mental energy to understand and remember what they read.

Children who have dyslexia have trouble with phonemic awareness. Phonemic awareness means the ability to hear, identify, and use each individual sound by manipulating sounds. Through research, it shows that dyslexia happens because of subtle problems in information processing, especially in the different parts of the brain.

Due to that reading does not become something automatic, which then becomes a slow reminder and labored words. When the child struggles with these steps in beginning to reading, comprehension will suffer, along with frustration that is more likely to happen.

A common understanding of dyslexia is letters or words appear reversed. This can be a part of dyslexia. However, reversals are common among kids until they are in the second grade of elementary school, without having dyslexia. For children with dyslexia the major problem is awareness, and rapid word recognition.

Diagnosing dyslexia usually happens during elementary school. Some may not be apparent until a child is older and expected to read. You may see a problem continuing with reading, spelling, and or trying to learn a foreign language can show signs that a bright teenage may have dyslexia.

While identifying your child’s dyslexia after a long delay, this can make a bigger reading problem and their self-esteem will drop. This shows the importance to recognize the symptoms early in elementary school. There are some sure signs to look for in your preschooler or elementary school children.

Some of these signs can start with difficulty for the child when they learn to talk, rhyming, or learning the sequence of colors, shapes, even the sequence alphabet. For the older kids, teenagers and even the adult that show some signs of dyslexia such as having trouble with reading and spelling at a below grade level, or if your teenager tries not to have to read or write, as well they may have trouble learning a foreign language.

Dyslexia does run in families, if the parents have a history of reading problems then there is a good chance that the children will have problems reading also. Struggling with learning to talk is another chance that the child may be at a higher risk for dyslexia. Any child that has or both of these symptoms need watched closely. A reading specialist, school, or psychologist can formally diagnose dyslexia through a comprehensive evaluation.

The child’s doctor will know the signs of dyslexia and can help the family with the child that has dyslexia. This is important so that the person that evaluates your child is trained, and has a lot of knowledge on dyslexia and its symptoms.

The negative effects of dyslexia, is when your child can see the other children read out loud, without the confusion, making your child feel that they are not smart like the other children are. Children who have difficulty reading will normally try not to read, because it is too hard or they are afraid to be made fun of from their peers.

Also if they avoid to read then it will put them far behind the children in their class, this will leave your child missing out on the value of reading practice, and end up failing the grades their in, making them redo the previous grade of school. It will be a gift from you to your child to let them know you recognize the signs so that you can start helping the child out, by either putting them in a tutored reading class. Alternatively, even the special programs that schools now offer that will help your child with dyslexia.

12 thoughts on “Dyslexia in Children

    • First you trumpet cilmas that NZ should shift all teaching of reading to a single approach (phonetics). Then you condemn NZ’s schools for all using a single approach to teaching reading. You’re lucky the Logic Police don’t come around with the Big Batons.Actually, they don’t all use the same approach – effective teachers tend to be pragmatic and alter their approach to match their kids. Flexibility is a hallmark of effective teaching. Compare our teachers to the godawful US school system (which tends to be very text-book focussed and inflexible) and you’ll see just how good we are. We do really well in the teaching of reading by international standards – especially with our reading recovery programs for poor readers (and dyslexics!).Our school system has problems. NCEA’s obsessive focus on forcing standards-based qualifications into upper secondary school is a disaster (too much assessment, not enough learning). But you keep taking one of the things our education system is very best at – teaching of reading in primary schools – and pretending we’re bad at it. I just don’t get why.

  1. I found your video on tumblr and reblogged it without knowing where it came from! i hope that is ok. I would also like to ask if this blog(?) or website (?) is supported by a certain organization or author? This site seems to be very useful for my paper and I would very much like to cite it as a source if that is ok.

    • Sorry for the late response. The site is not supported by any organization, just an adult that struggled with dyslexia as a kid. When I was a kid I would look for famous / successful dyslexics as a way to encourage me to fight thru through tough times. One of the biggest lessons I learned from studying successful dyslexics is not to focus on my weaknesses, but rather my strengths. You are more than welcome to use the material on this site for your paper. Thank you for visiting.

      • I request that you contact me so that I may acquire permission to use this video for private presentation in late August.

        Thanks,

        Jim

  2. The beginning teacher creates dyslexia. The brain operates the muscles of the eyeball.
    When the teacher teaches single letters he trains the brain to expose the smallest part
    of the focusing retina (the foveola) to the letter(s). The foveola can transfer to the brain only four letters per fixation of the eye for a very slow reading rate. A good
    teacher can train the brain to expose the larger part of the focusing retina (the fovea)for 16 letters per fixation for a very fast reading rate (about 800 wpm). This will give
    faster reading, higher comprehension, and better spelling.

  3. Thanks so much for the time and effort you’ve put into this site. I’m currently working as a tutor in an elementary school, and one of my best students is being tested for dyslexia. She is an incredible person with so many strengths, and I’ve been looking for ways to make sure she understands that being dyslexic might make reading a little harder, but it certainly does not mean she is slow is disadvantaged. I’ve also been trying to encourage her to embrace the amazing strengths she has developed to compensate for her reading struggles, like her photographic memory. Your site has given me some ideas.

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