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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Dyslexia Awareness === Look for Early Signs

Dyslexia, while many think of it as a written language the earliest signs can appear as a spoken language. As we all ready know children read symbols before they know how to actually read. A delay in language may actually be an early sign of a problem. Another early step is difficulties learning to rhyme, phonemic awareness and ability to read common words.
Dyslexia grows with the child. From the pre-schooler who has trouble learning his or her letters to the kindergartner and first grader who struggles to match sounds to letters. If the problem goes unidentified the high-schooler who dreads to read out loud and adult who reads super slow. It is a trait that will not go away and thus is very important to ID early. Early signs of dyslexia may show up like such:

The preschool years

  • Trouble learning common nursery rhymes such as "Jack and Jill" and "Humpty Dumpty"
  • A lack of appreciation of rhymes
  • Mispronounced words; persistent baby talk
  • Difficulty in learning (and remembering) names of letters
  • Failure to know the letters in his own name

Kindergarten and first grade

  • Failure to understand that words come apart; for example, that batboy can be pulled apart into bat and boy, and later on, that the word bat can be broken down still further and sounded out as: "b" "aaa" "t"
  • Inability to learn to associate letters with sounds, such as being unable to connect the letter b with the "b" sound
  • Reading errors that show no connection to the sounds of the letters; for example, the word big is read as goat
  • The inability to read common one-syllable words or to sound out even the simplest of words, such as mat, cat, hop, nap
  • Complaints about how hard reading is, or running and hiding when it is time to read
  • A history of reading problems in parents or siblings
In addition to looking for indications of problems in speaking and reading, here are some indications of strengths to look for and applaud in your child:
  • Curiosity
  • A great imagination
  • The ability to figure things out
  • Eager embrace of new ideas
  • Getting the gist of things
  • A good understanding of new concepts
  • Surprising maturity
  • A large vocabulary for the age group
  • Enjoyment in solving puzzles
  • Talent at building models
  • Excellent comprehension of stories read or told to him
Many of these indicate strengths in higher-level thinking processes.

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