Dyslexia is a specific type of learning disability. Those who have dyslexia have difficulty reading, writing, spelling and mathematics. Children with this disability are often very smart and talented. As a result, they may, depending on the severity of their dyslexia, learn to compensate and not get a proper diagnosis. Early symptoms include speaking late, difficulty in pronouncing words and using age appropriate grammar, confusion with directions such as up/down, left/right, and difficulty retrieving words. Dyslexic children labor in oral reading and are challenged in putting their ideas on paper and make numerous spelling errors.
If your child has been diagnosed or if you have some concerns, there is a website titled, “Success for all with Dyslexia.” We would encourage parents to visit it. It can be found here. This site offers various conferences and “Awareness Network” meetings that provide support and education.