is it dyslexia?

According to the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), “dyslexia is a neurological condition caused by a different wiring of the brain. There is no cure for dyslexia and individuals with this condition must learn coping strategies. Research indicates that dyslexia has no relationship to intelligence. Individuals with dyslexia are neither more nor less intelligent than the general population. But some say the way individuals with dyslexia think can actually be an asset in achieving success.”

Children with dyslexia are NOT lazy – they have a learning disability. With proper treatment and instruction, they can learn to compensate for their difficulties, and go on to have success in academics, as well as becoming successful working adults. Thomas Edison, Henry Winkler, Henry Ford, Magic Johnson, Agatha Christie, and Albert Einstein are just some of the people with dyslexia who went on to be very successful in their lives.

Dyslexia symptoms can be difficult to recognize before your child enters school, but some early clues may indicate a problem. Once your child reaches school age, your child’s teacher may be the first to notice a problem. The condition often becomes apparent as a child starts learning to read.

Preschool & Kindergarten

Signs and symptoms that a young child may be at risk of dyslexia include:
• Late talking
• Learning new words slowly
• Difficulty learning nursery rhymes
• Difficulty playing rhyming games

School Age

Once your child is in school, dyslexia signs and symptoms may become more apparent, including:
• Reading well below the expected level for your child’s age
• Problems processing and understanding what he or she hears
• Difficulty comprehending rapid instructions
• Problems remembering the sequence of things
• Difficulty seeing (and occasionally hearing) similarities and differences in letters and words
• Inability to sound out the pronunciation of an unfamiliar word
• Difficulty spelling
• Trouble learning a foreign language

Teens & Adults

Dyslexia symptoms in teens and adults are similar to those in children. Though early intervention is beneficial for dyslexia treatment, it’s never too late to seek help. Some common dyslexia symptoms in teens and adults include:
• Difficulty reading, including reading aloud
• Trouble understanding jokes or expressions that have a meaning not easily understood from the specific words (idioms), such as “piece of cake” meaning “easy”
• Difficulty with time management
• Difficulty summarizing a story
• Trouble learning a foreign language
• Difficulty memorizing
• Difficulty doing math problem