6 Signs To Help Diagnose Dyslexia In Children

Date February 9, 2018 14:56

When kids begin to enter the phase of learning the alphabet, some signs of learning difficulties can begin to emerge. If your child begins to be reprimanded by their teacher, receives complaints, cries at the thought of going to school, pretends to be sick in order to not attend, then you should begin to worry.

These signals can be confused with attention deficit disorder, laziness or an inappropriate learning environment.

First of all, it's important to understand that dyslexia isn't a disease, but a genetic neurological condition. Symptoms vary and this condition has different stages and treatment. The sooner it's identified, the better.

In order to get a proper diagnosis, it's generally necessary to consult with professionals from several different specialty areas: psychologist, neuropsychologist, speech pathologist, educational psychologist, and others. Pay attention to these possible warning signs:

  • lateral confusion (left and right);
  • inability to read letters of the alphabet;
  • writing in a mixed-up way, with letters changed or missing syllables;
  • changing letters and even repeating them, without memorizing them;
  • inability to read words;
  • difficulty joining syllables and memorizing words.

It's important to remember that these are some symptoms that you may observe, but don't try to self-diagnose something which must be done by a team of different professionals.

Treatment also involved different specialties, since each one is responsible for stimulating a different aspect of learning. The psychologist can work on mental and emotional stimulation, the speech pathologist can work on the hearing process, and the educational psychologist on the learning process as a whole, etc.

Dyslexia isn't a serious condition, however, it can cause discomfort in children and make them feel less intelligent. That's why it's important to detect it in time and begin to work on specialist learning.

Source: Centro Psicopedagógico Apoio

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