Does your child have real problems with spelling or reading? Is reading slow and laborious? You may even have a child who actively avoids reading or writing because of these difficulties. These could be all be signs that your child may have dyslexia.
It is thought that one in ten people have dyslexia. That’s around 450,000 people in Ireland and around 7.3 million in the UK who are affected. Many go undiagnosed and struggle throughout life with the impact of dyslexia. This means that every classroom could have 3 dyslexic children struggling with reading, writing and spelling difficulties. Could one of these children be yours?
How do you know if your child is dyslexic?
Dyslexia is a condition where someone has lifelong difficulties with the skills of reading and spelling. People with dyslexia experience problems with:
This is the ability to identify the small units of sounds – phonemes – that make up words. Typically, children with a good level of phonological awareness are able to substitute initial sounds to create a new word (eg. change the ‘b’ sound at the start of ‘bun’ to ‘s’ to ‘sun’.
Remembering sequences that are given verbally, such as phone numbers, or directions can be a real problem for a dyslexic person e.g. ‘Put your bag next to the chair, pick up the book and put it on the shelf’.
This is the ability to hear and process information spoken to you, such as when someone spells a word out for you or says a multi-digit number, like a phone number aloud for you. It could also be something as simple as seeing R.T.E. or B.B.C. and knowing instantly that these relate to television channels.
Dyslexic children often find problems with these skills.
I have been a teacher and tutor for over 26 years, and over the course of my career, I have worked with children who displayed many dyslexic tendencies. It can be very difficult for some children to cope, especially in the teenage years, when faced with exam pressure.
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