Dyslexia is a language disorder that affects every area of a child’s life.
I know that you have probably tried many things by now and are probably worried and frustrated. Imagine how frustrated your child is feeling. It’s likely you are seeing the result of their anxiety and frustration in the form of low self-esteem, homework avoidance and even angry misbehavior.
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Take a moment and consider the learning behaviors you have noticed in your child lately. Maybe you have noticed them for years, but did not know what to do.
You enjoyed teaching nursery rhymes but your child struggled to memorize them.
Your child may pronounce words with letters in the wrong order like saying “pasketii” instead of “spaghetti.”
They might omit letters in words they say like pronouncing the word pumpkin as “pumkin.” This takes critical observation sometimes in order to notice it.
Some individuals speak words in the wrong order like saying “My car is in the coat.” instead of “My coat is in the car.” (I did that this winter.)
Consider the last time your child read a book to you. Maybe they got stuck on a word and you helped them sound it out. That same word shows up 2 pages later and they act as if they have never seen the word before. This may happen every time your child encounters that word.
You may have noticed your child write the correct letters in a word, but in the wrong order.
If you watch them write a word they know how to spell, but for some reason, they start spelling the word with the second letter only to erase it to write the correct letter.
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The International Dyslexia is Association describes dyslexia as:
- A specific learning disability that originates in the brain.
- Scientists have identified the differences in how dyslectic and nondyslexict readers function while reading.
- It is characterized by difficulties with reading, fluency of reading, poor spelling and poor decoding abilities.
- You may be thinking, my child can read and maybe they can. But, doing so means laboring over every sound in nearly every word which makes their reading very slow.
- Maybe your child makes a high grade on the weekly spelling test, but once they have to write a paragraph it is as if they have forgotten every spelling rule they have learned.
- These difficulties typically result from a deficit in processing the sound systems and sound units of our language.
- You notice the smaller words or sound patterns like “at’ and” old” yet your child struggles to notice these patterns, especially as the words get longer.
- This deficit is inconsistent with the other cognitive abilities your child has.
- You know in your heart that your child is smart. They can go on and on about topics of interest or new skills in science or maybe they are making straight A’s in math, but their reading skills are so far behind.
Here is the official definition:
“A specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.” – International Dyslexia Association
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How can you help your child improve their reading and feel better about themselves?
You have already started by beginning your research. Your next step is to take action. Research shows that early intervention changes everything. At The Park Academy, we have seen that to be true. But it is never too late to start.
We have several ways to help you change the life of your struggling reader.
- Specialized tutoring
- Curriculum recommendations for homeschool families
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