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How to Detect Dyslexia in Children

How to Detect Dyslexia in Children

Detecting dyslexia in children from an early age has become very easy now due to increased awareness. Detecting dyslexia early helps in its management. Observing children for the warning signs helps in detecting dyslexia. Dyslexic children have confusions. Dyslexic children have problems in coordinating and this creates more confusion in spelling the words and in pronunciations. For detailed knowledge on detecting dyslexia, read on.

Today detecting dyslexia has become much easier due to the abundance of information and the awareness that parents ought to be keen observers. Dyslexia can be detected right from its early stages that is, when the kid is at his preschool years.

Warning Signs of Dyslexia in Toddlers

Have a quick look at the warning signs of dyslexia in toddlers.

Delay in Speech Development - In most cases children do not speak until they complete their second birthday. But they can mumble indistinct words much before than taught. If the kid does not have a clear speech when he completes his third year, it is a cause of serious worry.

Mixing Up - Check whether the child is prone to mixing up the sounds while uttering multisyllabic words. For instance you would find him saying “aminal” for “animal” or “mazagin” for “magazine”.

You will also find a child who is in the early stages of dyslexia stuttering and cluttering too much.

Infections - A kid with dyslexia is prone to frequent ear infections. This is explained by the physiological composition and structures in the ear and the brain connection.

Disjointed - You will find that the child is just not able to tie his shoe laces properly at all in spite of repeated and serious attempts.

Confusion in Expression and Direction - He will inevitably confused with his right and left hand side and show just the opposite while indicating something.

Switching - Then while colouring his pictures you will also notice that the child is suddenly switching from his right to his left hand and vice versa while holding his crayons. You will also notice that he uses one preferred hand for writing and another while playing a game or picking up objects.

Poor Listeners - Since the dyslexic kids have a problem in coordinating, they cannot do well in their phonemic tests due to the basic fact that they cannot just realise the association. So they cannot memorise or reproduce poems and stories in spite of their containing a lot of rhyming words.

Due to a similar reason they are also not able to understand order and sequencing. They therefore are unable to write alphabets and numbers in the right order.

Then they also have a great deal of difficulty in articulating R, L, M, and N. so they end up uttering “wed” while saying “red” or “gween” while saying “green”. 

Typical Reading Errors

Another point to note out here, kids having dyslexia do not make random reading mistakes. While they read aloud they make certain specific kind of errors. It is again a point of observation that will tell you that the type of mistakes that they make while reading is just the same that they make while spelling them.

Although the child will successfully identify and read certain word on one page he can well not be able to read it when the same word appears in the next page. This is attributed to their lack of ability to properly associate.

They find it particularly difficult to read single words that are in isolation. They are mostly inaccurate and they come up with a much laboured attempt. They basically require a clue through a diagram or picture that will help them in association.

They are also prone to insert or leave out letters and say “cold” instead of “could” or “star” instead of “stair”. They end up substituting letters and words according to convenience, that is, when they are unable to read a certain word or cannot remember the term while trying to indicate a certain thing.  

In terms of behavior, you will find him being irritated as they are not able to express readily what they actually intend to, or they understand that people are becoming impatient. They also have an unusual pencil grip while writing which can be a sign of dysgraphia.

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