Reading, reading comprehension and writing are all integral skills that kids must have to be successful in the traditional American school system. These skills are taught and encouraged at a very young age. Some kids take to it easily while others are reluctant. While kids do not need a reason to be reluctant, some children face difficulties with reading because of actual learning disabilities like dyslexia.
Dyslexia can be difficult to identify, especially if a parent or teacher is unsure of what to look for. Unfortunately, dyslexia can very often and very easily go unnoticed or undiagnosed until the child’s reading impediment is significantly progressed or they are at an older age where help may be more difficult to administer. If parents, teachers, caregivers and others know the signs of dyslexia, the condition can be properly identified and treated as soon as possible so that kids can learn to read at their own pace and have their own needs addressed and met successfully.
1. One of the first signs of a child that might have dyslexia is a late talker. Kids that take a longer time to begin speaking may have difficulty with language in general.
2. Pronunciation problems may also indicate dyslexia.
3. Trouble rhyming words may indicate that kids have difficulty understanding the composition of words and how they work, sound or read on paper. This may alert a problem with visualizing or hearing the words that they read, hence, having difficulty comprehending words and their sounds.
4. Issues with learning other things like numbers, colors and the alphabet may also be an indicator.
5. Small, specific issues may also be a sign of dyslexia, such as confusing the sounds of the letters “b” and “d” with one another.
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If kids have any issues with learning or understanding concepts, it is always best to seek help just in case. If dyslexia goes undiagnosed and unaddressed, kids may continue to have significant issues with reading, writing, handwriting, spelling, solving word problems and other common tasks that are required of them in school. All of these issues may be further signs that point to dyslexia or other reading comprehension or learning problems. The more adults, parents, teachers and caregivers know, the better they are at helping such kids learn to cope with their learning needs and overcome them.
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