Monday, 12 May 2008

Is It Dyslexia?

We have noticed that our daughter has a very poor reading skills and that she is ultimately need help. It's surprised us big time because she is so smart in many ways but has a problem of her reading and lack of concentration may have contributed to it. She confuses herself into these simple words such as "no, on, for, from, what, who, then, than, that, they and so on. I guess because it has similar starting and ending letters. She has no problem apart from her reading skills and we are trying our best to support and help her in any ways we could. We wonder if she has dyslexia, what do you guys think? We might take some further investigation if she won't have progress in a months time. But she is good on her spelling as well as other subjects especially in her Math. She is too bright but why struggles so much on her reading?

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Anonymous said...

Found your post while researching dyslexia, which I live with.

If your concerned, start by talking to your child's teacher(s), see and hear what they have to say. Also ask for your child's "reading score" ... DRA (Developmental Reading Age, is the most popular US one). And have it placed within the context of the class and or grade. Usually you will find a huge range of scores. Then see if the books your child is struggling with are appropriate for there score. If necessary change the books to match the score. The teacher should be able to provide a list of suitable books.

If you're still concerned start to push the school to formally assess your child. Be aware this can be a battle in it's self (manly schools don't wish to spend the money [on testing] or go through the back-end support that is needed). Once that's done and you have the outcome, you and the school can start to work on IEP [your next battle]. However the sooner this is put in place the better your child will be and that is the key!

Remember LD (and thus dyslexia) are not issues of intelligence (a.k.a smart). Rather there processing issues that can be helped by intervention.

John Hayes said...

You haven't given enough information to be sure but children that don't have language processing problems and whose problems only start when exposed to print may very well have visual problems that make reading difficult.

Ask if she sees the page in a clear, stable, focused and uniform manner. If she has trouble seeing all of the letters or if the words move around or a host of other visual problems her visual problems can be removed by See Right Dyslexia Glasses available at .

The glasses aren't a general dyslexia product but a niche product that is effective for removing the visual problems associated with dyslexia for a minority of dyslexics.

The visual dyslexic child will often make comments such as: I could read if only the words would stay still or I could read if the words would always look the same.

Transposing letters as your daughter does is often a sign of visual dyslexia when language processing problems are absent.

Even before they start school the majority of dyslexics will show problems understanding speech well or confuse spoken words and have smaller than normal vocabularies .They may also be late talkers. These problems are not visual problems so visual dyslexia glasses will not benefit the majority of dyslexics.

Because of being a minority and lacking the distinctive language processing problems common to most dyslexics, visual dyslexics are not likely to be identified before print is encountered as only then are their problems manifested.