How to recognize dyslexia early
One in five people in the U.S. has some sort of learning disability like dyslexia, yet experts say that for many children, the problem remains undiagnosed longer than it should.
Decades of research tell us that the earlier we deliver stuctured, systematic, language instruction to children who are at risk for learning reading skills ( low in phonemic awareness, and/or serial naming) the better our chances of preventing an achievment gap that can scuttle their hope for academic success in school. We need to keep repeating this to teachers and parents who are playing the "let's just wait and see" game. In that game the children almost always lose. --Lou
"One in five people in the U.S. has some sort of learning disability like dyslexia, yet experts say that for many children, the problem remains undiagnosed longer than it should.
Recognizing the early signals of such learning differences can be important for a child’s success in school and life.
Pediatric neuropsychologist Nichole Dawson, PhD, has a son with dyslexia, and has teamed up with Learning Ally, a national nonprofit, to inform the public about dyslexia’s early warning signs and to advise parents on what to look for.
Dawson recommends watching children to see if they have difficulty with:
Learning the alphabet, identifying letters or processing letter-sound relationships
Learning nursery rhymes, preschool songs, the days of the week or the months of the year
Learning to count and recognize numbers
Reading out loud: slow, choppy and error-prone
Learning vocabulary or names of people and places
If a child is exhibiting some of these symptoms, an evaluation by an expert in dyslexia and reading impairments may be helpful.
School psychologists, pediatric neuropsychologists, educational therapists and speech language pathologists are among the professionals who are qualified to provide a diagnosis.
Dawson advises parents not to delay testing...