Does your child struggle in school?
Do they cry during homework because they are so frustrated that they do not understand what they are learning?
That was me as a child; I struggled in reading and I could not spell. I would flip my b’s and d’s and I would have multiple break downs during homework because I did not understand what was in front of me.
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No one knew why I struggled so much in school until my 3rd-grade year.
I was tested for dyslexia and my parents found out that I was mildly dyslexic.
Dyslexia is not something that will hinder your child from going to college, nor will it cripple your child from being a successful adult. Dyslexia is not a handicap. A child with dyslexia is no less intelligent than an average child; they just require specialized avenues of intervention. If your child is having trouble in school, here are 5 traits to help determine if your child deals with dyslexia.
5 Traits To Help Determine If Your Child Deals With Dyslexia
- May not be able to match letters and sounds together to sound out words
- Has trouble recognizing if two words rhyme
- May forget how to spell words even after learning words for multiple weeks
- Spells phonemically and inconsistently
- Mixes up the order of letters while spelling
- Flips letters (ex: b = d, p =q)
- Seems confused or bored by books
- Have difficulty recalling details when they read
- Difficulty sounding out words
- Reads below expected grade level
- Difficulty recognizing common sight words
- Frequently has to re-read passages
- Often skips over small words while reading out loud
- Difficulty telling time
- When computing math, the child is dependent on finger-counting or other tricks to solve math problems
- Can count but has difficulty counting objects and dealing with money
- Consistently struggles with word problems
- Unable to grasp algebra or higher math
Dyslexia does not directly cause behaviors, but due to the fact that a child is behind academically, a child may start exhibiting behaviors to cope with their frustration.
- Anxiety may be due to their constant frustration and confusion in school.
- A child may become angry because they may feel defeated with school
- Dyslexic children may have a poor self image
- Depression is another complication with dyslexia
While dyslexia may be viewed as a barrier, it is not a determinant of academic success. With the guidance and understanding of my parents, I was able to develop ways to cope with dyslexia.
Because of my academic struggles, I have dedicated my life to helping children that struggle in school, just like I did. If you feel like your child may have dyslexia, consult with your doctor or school counselor and begin to build a plan cope with dyslexia.