Dyslexic children can perform better than normal students if their problems is identified and treated early. Therefore, it is essential to be aware of the signs of such disorder so that it is diagnosed at the earliest. Here are some of the signs exhibited by dyslexic children.
Dyslexia is a kind of learning disability manifested during childhood. Dyslexia is not a form of retardation and is not an index of a child’s intelligence. Children with dyslexia are often wrongly understood. The children with dyslexia are not able to perform well in normal schools like other children. They are incapable of reading even a simple book properly.
Parents are very worried that their child is not capable like other children. Thankfully, a lot is now known about this condition and psychologists have developed a number of methods to help such children and try to eliminate this problem entirely. If your child shows the following signs then it is time to give him or her specialized care.
Signs of Dyslexia in Children
Let us take a look at some common signs and symptoms of dyslexia exhibited by dyslexic children.
Difficulty in Writing Alphabets
Your child probably is very bright and intelligent but still they are unable to express their thoughts. Maybe your child can draw very well, but when it comes to writing things out, they are not able to write the alphabets and numbers properly. The alphabets in a spelling maybe in the wrong order and their words are not making sense.
Slow in Schoolwork
Your child is lagging behind in his or her school work, and is slower than most other kids of his or her age group. The teacher often complains that your child is lazy and inattentive. He or she does not perform well in the standard IQ tests and often fails in exams.
Good at Extracurricular Activities
When it comes to co curricular, your child is more talented than others. They probably excel in things like painting, designing, cooking, acting etc. They are only unable to sustain attention when it comes to anything that is either written or verbal. They seem to prefer visuals to texts.
Lost in His or Her Own World
You have often observed your child zoning out as it were, daydreaming whenever you are trying to explain a lesson to them. They lose track of time and seem too absorbed in their own world and is very often accused of being lazy.
Common Health Problems
Does your child often complain of feeling dizzy or having headaches and stomach-aches? This might happen especially after they try to read something for a long time. They might even complain of vision problems.
Letters Appear Moving and Swirling
Your child might be complaining to you that the letters seem to move and swirl before their eyes. They might complain of double vision. Eye checkups have not revealed any problem in the eyes but this error in vision seems to be continuing. This is a sign of dyslexia.
Can Hear Strange Noises
Does your child also complain of hearing strange noises? Do these noises often distract your child from their studies? Does your child have difficulty in comprehending your words or repeating what you just said to them? Does your child speak disjointed sentences, which sometimes does not make sense?
Abnormal Motor Skills
Are the motor skills of your child often abnormal? Do they sometimes walk in a very wobbly fashion? Do their movements seem very uncoordinated and sluggish? Dyslexic children often confuse between left and right, not knowing which foot to move first, etc.
Confused About Time
Dyslexic children are often confused about time. They have difficulty telling the time or finishing things in time. They also have problem with math, not able to count on their fingers. They can do basic small sums but things like geometry or algebra confuse them.
Being too Hyperactive or too Quite
There are two types of dyslexic behaviour. Either your child is labelled a trouble maker as they are always hyper. Alternately your child can be quiet and withdrawn not interacting with anybody in class.
If you observe these symptoms and generally most of these are manifest in dyslexic children, do not treat your child harshly. There are various ways of treating this disorder. Do not pressurize your child if he or she is unable to perform well at school, provide him or her specialized care. With early intervention and right management disorders like dyslexia can be handled effectively by children.
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