Dyslexia is a learning disability that affects the way the brain processes words and symbols. As soon as children begin to show any signs of difficulty with reading a parent usually has a fear in the back of his/her mind of whether their child has dyslexia or not. Dyslexia cannot be identified until about 3rd grade because up until 3rd grade kids may struggle with some of the tasks that are used to identify the disorder.
- Difficulty with rhyming
A child with dyslexia finds rhyming tasks very difficult. It is hard for him/her to hear that jump and bump rhyme. He/she will also struggle with producing rhymes for a word.
- Difficulty remembering the alphabet
It may seem that one day your child knows the name of a letter and they next day you are starting back at square one. You notice that other kids your child’s age do not seem to struggle with this task as much as your child does.
- Difficulty remembering the sounds that go with the letters
Not only will identifying letters of the alphabet be difficult, but learning and associating the sound that goes with them will also be difficult. Often times a dyslexic child will say that the sound for y is /w/ because the letter name y begins with a w.
For a child with dyslexia putting sounds in order without even having the letters present is hard. For example, if I were to say /f/ /l/ /a/ /t/, then the child would have difficulty telling me that the word is “flat.”
Sequencing in general is a difficult task for a dyslexic. You may find that he/she has difficulty retelling stories in the order that they happened. Or, you may find that when you give multi-step directions, they struggle with following them.
If you are concerned about your child and whether he/she has dyslexia, I offer a free assessment. I can quickly let you know, write it up in a free report, and offer some suggestions for instruction.
Often people are misguided about what dyslexia is and how it affects people. What kinds of things have you wondered about in regards to dyslexia?