Before reading this page, know that Decoding Dyslexia TN is NOT a medical or academic community. We are made up of parents, but we will share our experiences with you. Always talk to a professional about your child’s specific situation.
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Now, here is some advice from fellow parents, not doctors:
Signs of Dyslexia
Do you have a child who is highly intelligent, has a strong verbal vocabulary, but who just can’t seem to fully grasp reading and spelling? Maybe he can read, but he reads slowly and/or below grade level? It’s unexpected because, if he can listen to subjects of interest instead of read about them, he picks up on concepts quickly.
You’re child may have dyslexia. It’s not all about reversals, and people with dyslexia do not see backwards either.
Here are two quick links for you to check out:
- Signs of dyslexia – This is by age level, and it also lists the gifts of dyslexia.
- Common Reading and Spelling Errors – People with dyslexia make very specific reading and spelling errors. Does this sound like your child?
If your child shows these signs, what do you do next?
Have you been told your child is “just a little developmentally delayed” and she “will catch up on her own?” Nearly all of us have been told that. We have also been told “reversals are normal until age 7 or 8.” That is all true. Children do develop at different rates, and reversals can be common when children are learning to read. However, if your child shows several of the signs of dyslexia that we mention above, and he/she is struggling with school, delaying screening will also delay help.
In our experience, we would not delay getting your child evaluated. The earlier you can get your child screened, the better. Dyslexia requires a very specific type of intervention. The earlier your child can get interventions, the sooner he/she can catch up to grade level.
The latest research shows children can be screened for dyslexia as early as age 5. In an ideal world, you’d want to get your child help before 3rd grade, and the sooner the better. However, many dyslexics are not discovered until adulthood, so you can screen at any age after age 5.
We have found this link to be extremely helpful in answer our questions:
Okay, so how do I get my child evaluated locally? Quick links:
Also, don’t worry!
While dyslexia will never go away, your child will learn strategies to help him/her read more proficiently.
Just look at all of these successful people with dyslexia! Your child is in good company!