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Dyslexia and Children

Dyslexia is the most common learning disability among children, and with so much information to sift through, it's can be hard to separate fact from myth.

Myth: Dyslexia is a direct result of poor teaching or parenting methods.

Fact: Dyslexia is usually an inherited condition that is due to a specific brain malfunction.

It's more important than ever to separate the myths from the facts so that the 5 to 10 percent of children who are diagnosed with dyslexia don't have to deal with unfair stigmas or preconceived judgments. If you're a parent of a dyslexic child, be prepared to explain what's fact and what's fiction to both your child and to those who don't understand.

Facts about Dyslexia

With rumors circulating everywhere about dyslexics and their impaired abilities, it's important to talk to your child about his disability, why it's happening, what he's going through, treatment options, and so on.

What every should parent should know about dyslexia:

  • Dyslexia is not laziness! Dyslexia is not caused by a lack of motivation or a behavioral problem. However, dyslexia can cause some children to become frustrated about schoolwork and other academic-related activities. It should be noted that dyslexics are often visual learners who are highly creative and excel at hands-on learning. You may want to encourage your child to take art and design classes, as these pursuits could be a positive outlet for his frustrations.
  • Don't ignore the signs. If you notice your child is suffering from speech delays, pronunciation problems, issues with writing, confusing letters, and difficulty learning the basics (such as the alphabet), you may want to talk to your child's pediatrician. Putting off a diagnosis may make it harder for your child to realize academic success.
  • Be patient with the diagnosis. As many learning disability symptoms can overlap, it's important to patient while the experts conduct tests that pinpoint your child's exact problem. Your child will have to go through a variety of tests to ensure that his aliment is, in fact, dyslexia. Your child can be tested for his disability by psychologists, school employees, pediatricians, or psychiatrists, but make sure the specific person is licensed and qualified to make a diagnosis.
  • Know your rights. Dyslexia is protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act. For example, children with dyslexia are allowed special classroom accommodations, such as extra testing time. Also, if you request a dyslexia test by school officials and you live in the local area, then the school must oblige, as mandated by law.
  • Be there every step of the way. Make sure you're there for your child, as he will be likely to experience some low points. You will not only need to help him practice his reading and writing skills outside the classroom but also work on his self-esteem. Dyslexic children may feel different from their peers and frustrated at the fact that they can't grasp certain academic tasks. If this occurs regularly you'll need to seek professional help for your child. Ask your pediatrician to recommend child therapist or counselor.
  • Take a break. Dyslexia can be hard on the whole family. Learn to relax together and have fun!

Children diagnosed with dyslexia can lead normal and happy lives. In time, with love, support, patience, and practice, your child can master the basics of reading and writing. Many dyslexic children learn how to manage their disorder and go on to attend college and accomplish all of his dreams.