Difference Between a Developmental Lag and a Reading Disorder

Developmental Lag or Reading Disorder

What is the difference between spotting a developmental lag and a reading disorder? Both issues may look the same from observation, so ultimately, no matter what, it is always wise to see a specialist in the event this thought occurs to a parent at all.

Many parents would like to believe that their children are developing healthily and normally – who wouldn’t? Each individual is different and as kids become their own people, they will undoubtedly develop their own quirks and interests. If you notice that your child is not reading or shows no interest in the activity, your mind may initially make excuses along the lines of “maybe they’re just not a reader,” or “perhaps they learn a little slower and are more of a visual or hands-on learner.” Either of these may be true, certainly, but there is nothing wrong with doing a little bit of investigating first. Many parents who have children with reading disabilities find out a little too late, ‘a little too late’ meaning that their child’s education may have already suffered and that valuable time getting help has been lost.

Research shows that it is crucial that kids receive the proper developmental health during their first few years of schooling. This window of opportunity can be fleeting and many parents miss it because they are easily dissuaded from seeking help. If you notice that your child is having difficulties reading, the reason may absolutely be that they have a developmental lag or simply have no initial interest in the activity. However, it is always wise to be safe than sorry. It is better to be told that your child has a developmental lag by a professional early on in either case, because even if your child does not have a disorder, you can begin to implement healthy incentives to help them learn regardless. But if your child does have a reading disorder, the earlier they receive help the better.

The longer you wait to get help or guidance in the event that your child has a reading disorder, the harder it will be to get them on the right track. If treatment and therapy is implemented early, kids will adopt it much more easily and almost more naturally as well. Just as learning a language later in life becomes ultimately more difficult and forced, than learning one from an early age, so is learning how to cope with a reading disorder. It is still entirely possible to help children who are around the age of 7 or 8, but it becomes more and more difficult as the child gets older.

Reading disorders, such as dyslexia, are not exclusive to reading alone. Since reading is integral to learning, kids with reading problems will ultimately have issues learning other subjects as well and may fall behind substantially. The best way to quell any concerns that you may have regarding your child’s ability to or interest in reading is to see a specialist and to have your child tested. There should be no stigma involved, especially since you will be helping your child grow and learn.

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Knowing the Possible Signs of Dyslexia

Understanding Dyslexia

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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