What is dyslexia?

Dyslexia is one of the most well-known learning disorders, with 10% to 20% of the population having aspects of it. Despite having standard schooling opportunities and having normal or high levels of intelligence, the child will have difficulties reading, spelling, writing, and with comprehension.

The cause of dyslexia is how the brain processes information- the brain is wired differently. There is evidence to suggest it is genetic, so if a parent or sibling experienced similar symptoms, then it may be likely this is what your child is experiencing. Just like any other human trait, there are differing levels of dyslexia and your child may experience different symptoms than other children with dyslexia.

While dyslexia is not normally diagnosed before age seven, tendencies can be identified. This can be reassuring, and allow parents to be more patient or address tendencies earlier.

What are the symptoms that your child may have dyslexia?

There are many symptoms, and not all will apply to your child.

-The child avoids reading out loud or to themselves

-Reading may make them anxious and frustrated

-Struggles to learn new words or forgets how to spell words

-Word problems in Math may cause difficulty

-Reads at lower levels than spoken word

What fixes dyslexia?

There is nothing that ‘cures’ or fixes dyslexia, but there are some things you and your child can do to alleviate symptoms and ensure that they don’t fall behind at school.

Extra tuition can be helpful, but it must be effective. It can be very discouraging for children to receive extra tuition and make little or no progress.

There has been some success with brain re-wiring programmes. In some cases, extremely rapid improvements are experienced. These create new neural connections in the auditory and visual brain pathways. Ask us about cellfield treatments.

When your child reaches year ten, approach the school and start the process to get special assessment conditions for exams. This assistance can include extra time, or a reader/ writer for assessments.