To many of us reading seems easy and is automatic for people without difficulty. Reading can be as complex task for our brains. We should not be surprised that children struggle with reading. Twenty to twenty-five percent of the United States population has a reading disability called dyslexia. This is one of the major causes for failure of reading in school.
Learning challenges can lead you to frustration and self-doubt, especially if it has to do with your child before their diagnosed. The good news to this is that dyslexia identified early if you take them in to their doctor, as soon as you see a problem, or you can test the child at home. To test your child at home, use words that your children know, and have them read or spell them. You will see the writing and reading a problem as some words look backwards or letters mixed.
Children will begin learning to read as they learn speech sounds to make the words. They learn how to blend a sound in to words, and then they will instantly recognize the words they have heard and seen before. Reading is requires doing many things at once, on perfect timing. With the practice, that typical readers learn to read automatically allows them to focus their mental energy to understand and remember what they read.
Children who have dyslexia have trouble with phonemic awareness. Phonemic awareness means the ability to hear, identify, and use each individual sound by manipulating sounds. Through research, it shows that dyslexia happens because of subtle problems in information processing, especially in the different parts of the brain.
Due to that reading does not become something automatic, which then becomes a slow reminder and labored words. When the child struggles with these steps in beginning to reading, comprehension will suffer, along with frustration that is more likely to happen.
A common understanding of dyslexia is letters or words appear reversed. This can be a part of dyslexia. However, reversals are common among kids until they are in the second grade of elementary school, without having dyslexia. For children with dyslexia the major problem is awareness, and rapid word recognition.
Diagnosing dyslexia usually happens during elementary school. Some may not be apparent until a child is older and expected to read. You may see a problem continuing with reading, spelling, and or trying to learn a foreign language can show signs that a bright teenage may have dyslexia.
While identifying your child’s dyslexia after a long delay, this can make a bigger reading problem and their self-esteem will drop. This shows the importance to recognize the symptoms early in elementary school. There are some sure signs to look for in your preschooler or elementary school children.
Some of these signs can start with difficulty for the child when they learn to talk, rhyming, or learning the sequence of colors, shapes, even the sequence alphabet. For the older kids, teenagers and even the adult that show some signs of dyslexia such as having trouble with reading and spelling at a below grade level, or if your teenager tries not to have to read or write, as well they may have trouble learning a foreign language.
Dyslexia does run in families, if the parents have a history of reading problems then there is a good chance that the children will have problems reading also. Struggling with learning to talk is another chance that the child may be at a higher risk for dyslexia. Any child that has or both of these symptoms need watched closely. A reading specialist, school, or psychologist can formally diagnose dyslexia through a comprehensive evaluation.
The child’s doctor will know the signs of dyslexia and can help the family with the child that has dyslexia. This is important so that the person that evaluates your child is trained, and has a lot of knowledge on dyslexia and its symptoms.
The negative effects of dyslexia, is when your child can see the other children read out loud, without the confusion, making your child feel that they are not smart like the other children are. Children who have difficulty reading will normally try not to read, because it is too hard or they are afraid to be made fun of from their peers.
Also if they avoid to read then it will put them far behind the children in their class, this will leave your child missing out on the value of reading practice, and end up failing the grades their in, making them redo the previous grade of school. It will be a gift from you to your child to let them know you recognize the signs so that you can start helping the child out, by either putting them in a tutored reading class. Alternatively, even the special programs that schools now offer that will help your child with dyslexia.