Dyslexia is a genetic disease that takes form at the time of birth. It is basically a learning difficulty that hampers the literary and intellectual growth of an individual. Kids who have dyslexia may not be that easy to detect. One of the reasons for this is that the kid himself would be too shy to admit that he is having difficulties dealing with words. This is why you should make sure that you are monitoring your child’s development in school, in all aspects especially reading and writing. As you know, these are among the two most important educational skills that they should be able to acquire during their elementary years.
Among the telling signs that the child may have dyslexia is their academic inconsistency. They might be bright when it comes to understanding subjects and they may be excellent speakers. But suddenly, their academic prowess would crumble down when faced with the task of spelling, reading, or even solving simple math problems. Looking closely, the kid may actually be faced with the unfortunate case of dyslexia.
Dyslexia is known to run in the family. So if you have a history of it from, either you or your spouse’s side, you should already anticipate the possibility of it running along your own family as well. Among the main points which can be a hurdle for dyslexics is spelling. They can be misspelling simple words such as any and many. Some may also spell words as they rationally think it should or as they think it should be pronounced such as nock instead of knock. In such cases, their dyslexic nature also automatically makes them omit certain letters in a word.
Another quick test you can do to determine if the child has a case of dyslexia is to let them know the difference between the left and right direction. For example, make them hold their right foot with their left hand. If it takes a great while before they do it or they do it wrong, then chances are they may be dyslexic. The north, south, east, and west side may also be confusing for dyslexics and they mess up when these directions are mixed.
Dyslexics also have difficulty following step by step procedures. Try giving them a 3-step command and if they lose sight of it along the way, you might need to raise a red flag–especially if you have observed that this happens all too often. Some dyslexics also tend to mix up letters that look familiar such as “d” and “b”