Identifying and diagnosing dyslexia in your child
Dyslexia is a kind of learning disability in a child that affects his reading and writing skills where he finds it hard to recognize numbers and letters. This can also be very disturbing to the parents. Dyslexia is often diagnosed once the child enters kindergarten.
There are easy ways by which early diagnosis of the disease is possible. The early the child is diagnosed, the more effective the treatment can be. Read on to know some methods you can use to diagnose dyslexia.
The diagnosis of the disease involves the understanding if the child’s way of seeing, hearing and participating in various activities. The problem of dyslexia begins to emerge during the kindergarten years of a child and he faces difficulty in letter, words and number recognition and in subjects such as math, writing, speech, memory, music, and sports. It is this point where the child is suspected to be suffering from the disease.
With the help of easy tools and games it is very easy to diagnose dyslexia in a child. The symptoms of the disease other than reading disorder include uncoordinated movements, poor memory, speech and hearing disability, and also includes hyperactivity.
The most common and easy way to diagnose dyslexia is by using attractive games or puzzles and this requires no specialized training. However, while the test is being conducted, it is essential that the child has had a proper night’s sleep and good breakfast, which would help keep him cooperative throughout.
After the test, the teacher tries to compare his results with the actual expected potentials for children of the same age group. This is especially done to recognize the problem in reading and areas where he finds it particularly difficult. This evaluation makes it clear as to whether the child is suffering from dyslexia or not. If the child is found positive, the test will also help you to know how you can correct the reading disorder in your child. This is very essential, as it will help the best possible way that can be used to make your child learn through audio, visual and kinesthetic means.
Teachers or tutors generally perform these tests and the entire process is usually easy. The assessments involved are phonetic recognition, automatic naming and working memory tests and focus on the way a child absorbs a given information and then reacts to it.
The above mentioned diagnosis of dyslexia is very helpful and important since children suffering from the disorder may become frustrated, depressed and unmotivated with a poor self esteem if the problem remains untreated or unrecognized.