IS MY CHILD DYSLEXIC?

 

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If your child is dyslexic, they will experience some difficulty with speech, reading, spelling, writing and dealing with letters in general.

Usually dyslexics are children of normal or higher intelligence. They generally have other more developed abilities, demonstrate great creativity, possess artistic talents or are very competent in algebra.

  

 

HOW CAN I DETECT IF MY CHILD HAS A PROBLEM WITH LITERACY?

 

 

Observe if your child experiences difficulty with speaking, reading or writing compared to other children their age or their siblings.

 

With respect to READING pay attention to these alert signals:

  • Committing errors such as confusing “d” with “b” or “p” with “q”
  • Reading much more slowly than their peers
  • Skipping or repeating lines
  • Poorly separating words when reading
  • Inventing words or the endings of words
  • Asking questions after reading a word or text to make sure they were able to understand it correctly

 

With respect to WRITING, watch out for the following:

  • Fatigue and/or very slow pace
  • Irregular penmanship
  • Deficient spelling
  • Disorganized phrases
  • Mixing of uppercase and lowercase letters
  • Copying or writing letters backwards (as if in a mirror)
  • Inability to copy correctly by age 7
  • Committing faults such as omissions, confusions or alterations of words or letters in dictation

 

With respect to SPEAKING be aware of:

  • Delayed ability to produce speech or difficulty with fluidity of speech
  • Poor pronunciation of words
  • Confusion of words with other words, using words out of context, and inventing all or parts of words
  • Complications with expression and application of correct verb tenses: “tomorrow I went to school,” “yesterday we will…”
  • Skipping letters when speaking
  • Inverting the order of letters in a word

 

 

 

 

OTHER SIGNS

 

  

 

    Learning better with visual help

    Difficulty in organizing thoughts

    Reduced ability to distinguish left from right

    Self-deprecating mentality: “I’m stupid,” “I’m the worst in the class,” “I always finish last”…

  

 

 

AT WHAT AGE CAN IT BE DETERMINED IF A CHILD IS DYSLEXIC?

 

 

 

Generally a test can be given at the start of primary school (6 years of age). Early detection allows for treatment to start as soon as possible, which is the most effective in evading other problems that usually arise with dyslexia. If detected early enough, intervention could begin towards the final stage of preschool.

 

  

 

WHAT CONSEQUENCES DO THESE PROBLEMS HAVE?

 

 

 

Problems with dyslexia typically cause lower academic performance, given that reading and writing are basic tools for the acquisition of other learning. In addition, failure to initiate treatment in time could generate lack of motivation, insecurity, isolation and a lower self-esteem.

 

 

 

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY CHILD IS DYSLEXIC?

 

 

 

If you believe that your child could have this problem, you should consult a specialist immediately. At Great for Kids, our psychology clinic performs an integral evaluation that allows us to determine a child’s maturational level, intellectual level, level of language competency, perception and other emotional and psychological aspects before they begin to learn to become literate. 

 

 

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