Symptoms & Evaluations: How To Identify Dyslexia In Your Child
Some parents may be pushing their children to “do better” without realizing that there may be an underlying learning disability at play. This blog will cover some of the less obvious ways dyslexia may present in children.
Learning Looks Different For Every Child
Do you find that your child has difficulty participating in class, finishing their homework without supervision, or generally lacking interest in school-related tasks? If so, it may feel incredibly confusing to try to figure out why your child won’t participate or engage as expected. Wanting what's best for your child often comes naturally, but paying attention to your child's needs is also crucial to understanding how their brain works. Some children pick up information easily, while other children may struggle.
What Is Dyslexia?
If you find that your child is having difficulty in their learning environment, you may want to look into whether they require additional support in the classroom. Dyslexia is a common learning disability that becomes more noticeable as the child progresses through school. This reading disability can show up in many different forms, some being:
● Difficulty forming and pronouncing words
● Reading exceptionally below expected grade level
● Problems with memorization, recounting steps, and sequences
● Inability to recognize differences between letter sounds
● Requiring additional time to complete simple tasks
When taking into consideration your child's work ethic, learning style, and expected levels of reading or writing, it is important to keep in mind that while every child learns at their own pace. However, there are clear signs that your child may be struggling to reach out for the help they need. It is up to you as a parent to monitor how your child’s learning is progressing and what changes need to be made to help them succeed. Paying attention to their capability as a student and what challenges they encounter can be a huge indicator of whether they may have a learning disability.
How You Can Help Your Child
Attention is key, but following through with what you find is also very important. When you realize that your child is struggling in school, finding the right resources may be overwhelming or frustrating. You may wonder if you need to do private or school-based testing, need the assistance of a tutor, or practice learning activities at home. Luckily, many online resources can help in your journey of getting your child the assistance they need. One of the most helpful things you can do for your child is schedule them for a psychoeducational evaluation. With this evaluation, you will learn more about how your child thinks and learns. You will not only receive a great deal of information about your child, but your child may also be eligible for additional support in school. Through testing, you and your child will be able to understand their
disability on a whole new level.
Creating A Stable Foundation Together
You and your child deserve the right to know that they are being taken care of in all aspects of their life. Working through learning challenges is not easy for a child; they have to learn at their own pace, find out what learning styles work best for them, and try to comprehend what they are learning. A diagnosis of a reading impairment/dyslexia can be a new gate opening for them to explore their mind and discover how unique they are. If you believe that your child may have dyslexia, feel free to read more at https://www.pearspllc.com/dyslexia or contact PEARS today to book your appointment.