What do Thomas Edison, Agatha Christy, Albert Einstein, Steven Spielberg, and Whoopi Goldberg all have in common? All faced a language learning difference called dyslexia.
Video by the International Dyslexia Association
It is estimated that as much as 20% of the general population struggle with some form of reading disability. While some cases are mild and only cause occasional issues in school, others can be severe. Children may find themselves unable to read at grade level, struggling with each syllable they read and having little or no comprehension what they are reading.
But there can be a positive side to dyslexia. Dyslexic children often grow up to be surgeons, artists, architects, paleontologists, engineers, actors, statesmen, athletes and even writers. Despite their frustrations, our children are often persistent, curious, insightful, and creative. They exhibit an intuitive awareness of the environment as well as the feelings of others. Most of all, they desire the opportunity to show what they can do.
Common Characteristics of Dyslexia include:
For more see: Dyslexia Facts by the International Dyslexia Association
When reading aloud, does your child reread or skip lines, have difficulty remembering small words like the, a or for, guess similar words that start with the same letter, leave out or substitute sounds, complain that “I do better if I read to myself,” or complain that younger children read better than they do? If so, you should discuss your observations with your child’s teacher, school counselor or doctor and determine whether to seek testing.