Most people who have trouble reading (up to 80%) or learning (up to 90%) can blame it on dyslexia, a learning disorder that makes it hard to relate written letters and words to their relevant speech sounds. It also affects the way their brain processes language.
These challenges may also be the result of mental health issues or vision problems, so it’s important to get an accurate diagnosis and the appropriate treatment. You can visit dyslexiachampion.com/f/surviving-high-school-with-dyslexia to know about early signs of dyslexia.
Dyslexia doesn’t indicate low intelligence or slow development; rather, it’s the result of different brain connectivity, so there’s a neurological basis for the condition. While there’s no cure for dyslexia, there are many ways to support a child or adult with dyslexia to ensure proper academic and social development.
The earlier intervention begins, the greater chance for success, so if you notice the early signs of dyslexia in your child, act now to get them the appropriate support.
Early signs of dyslexia
Dyslexia is a language-based disorder, so the first signs appear when the child begins to speak. You may notice that your child is:
Doesn’t talk as early as other children
Takes a long time to learn new words
Has trouble enunciating words correctly
Reverses the sounds in words
Has trouble learning the alphabet
Can’t rhyme simple words, like a cat, hat, and mat
Uses “baby talk” longer than other children
Because dyslexia can be mild, moderate, or severe, it’s possible to miss these signs at home if your child’s case is mild. Dr. ElSayed, however, is trained to notice these developmental milestones and can help you spot them.
She can also run some tests to rule out other causes, including vision issues and other learning or developmental disorders.