Bright children come in all shapes, sizes and with as many different talents or weak areas. We had no idea that our son would struggle with dyslexia until much further along in his development.
Preschool came and went and although the private school where he attended worked with him regularly, and although he was read to at home often- he still didn’t seem to be making a connection between the shapes of the letters – and the sounds they should make. Still, I didn’t worry.
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For Kindergarten – we began our homeschool journey with him and he joined his two older brothers who did not seem to have much use for reading. Our oldest picked it up quickly, but was never one to sit for hours and read, like I did as a child. Our middle son simply didn’t take much of an interest until I bought him a World War II book when he was eight. Suddenly, he wanted to read about all the different names of the tanks, weapons, and battles of that era. Though he had started off later, by the time he was nine – he had become a fluid reader.
But, boy number three was struggling. No amount of practice seemed to help him remember the various shapes of the letters. It seemed as though there was no relationship of these strange shapes on the page to words that we speak. He tried and tried, but even moments after being told what he was looking at – the information seemed to fade off into the abyss. It was frustrating for me, and no walk in the park for him either.
He dreaded trying. I dreaded forcing him to work on it – yet as he got closer to the age of nine, I felt more and more that it was time to take action. I’m glad we waited for several reasons, not the least of which is that his maturity level is much better now and his emotional maturity level is also greatly improved – which makes digging into the hard stuff much easier to deal with. His communication has improved and we can discuss in detail how and why we are doing what we are doing – giving him an active role in overcoming this barrier.
Understanding is empowering and he needed to be empowered for this challenge.
So, what are the main warning signs that your child has dyslexia? Well, there are more than what I will list, but these are the red flags that got our attention and they are consistent warnings that parents should watch out for.
- Young child continues to talk in a babyish voice
- Cannot recognize basic letters after regular practice
- Rhyming does not seem to “click”
- Calls things by the wrong name regularly
- Trouble sounding out words
- Can’t remember the details of what was just read
- Says they “hate” reading or are bored by it
- Highly intelligent but may feel stupid
- Artistic or particularly talented – creative
- Learns best through hands-on experience
This information is in no way intended to replace a professional assessment of your child, but simply to help you determine if one may be needed. If your child is exhibiting many of the signs listed – please be sure to talk to a professional. Getting a proper diagnosis & taking steps to offer your child the encourage & support they need is KEY to their success.
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