How to Tell If Your Child Is Dyslexic
Having a dyslexic child is not the end of the world. Lots of children have problems reading and saying particular words. This is not something to be worried about. Firstly, because it is fixable, and secondly, because your child is completely healthy, which is far more important.
If you doubting and want to know for sure if your kid is dyslexic, you should do some tests and see if they really are. Going to the professionals is a great choice, but you can also do it at home without the need of the pros. Learn more about dyslexia here.
In this article, we’re going through some easy tests to give to your child and see the results. There are different tests for different ages, so make sure you follow those for the proper age. If it is a preschooler, go with these, and if it is older, then go with the others. See some of them and try them now.
Preschool children dyslexia tests
When we say preschool we mean children that are at the ages of two to five. Don’t expect kids to start talking right away despite some common understanding when the kids should start talking.
Pronouncing long words
This is a great exercise for everyone that is at the proper age. You should ask them if they can pronounce some longer words that might be difficult for them. For example, you can ask them to repeat the following: Exclusively, Significant, Helicopter, Bed bugs, etc.
If your child is dyslexic, they will have a hard time saying these words and phrases properly. They will say Eluxevely, or bug beds, which is of course a mix of what the world is and what it really should be.
Understand that this is not something that will instantly make a decision. It may be just a coincidence. Try it over some time. Ask them again the next day, and do this for a week. If they struggle and have a hard time getting the words right, then it may be time to go to the pros.
Having problems remembering words
This is another way to see if they have a problem with dyslexia. Ask them to tell you something with more words. Ask them to form a sentence. If they have trouble remembering the right word that should go at the right place of the sentence – that might be the sign.
They also might struggle with using the right word at the right place. Instead of saying I like eating bananas and apples, they will say something like I like bananas eating and apples. You will understand what they want, but if they are the age of five, this should be happening.
Understand that age plays a major role here. Don’t stress over something like this if your child is 15 months old. These things vary from one person to another and are never a sure sign of dyslexia if they are younger.
Problems with learning the letters
To know when a child is dyslexic takes lots of observation. Many parents are thinking of dyslexia when they realize that their children have trouble or don’t like learning letters of the alphabet. However, not always this is the case.
In other situations, it is a sure sign that your kid has dyslexic issues. If they have problems with the previous points, and they have trouble learning the letters, it may be best if you visit the pros.
School children tests
When kids turn five, they fall in the school children category. During this age, there are different types of tests. Here are some of them.
Writing numbers and letters opposite
You’ve surely noticed that 6 and 9 are pretty similar and Q and O differ very little. Dyslexic children have trouble using this the right way. They often use them in the wrong place, so instead of writing six apples with a number, they’ll write 9 apples.
Often use of the wrong number, or spelling incorrectly with letters that are similar or opposite of another, is a big sign that something might be wrong.
Reading slowly and with errors
Kids with dyslexia have trouble seeing things properly in a sentence. They read slowly so they can concentrate better. So when they read, they often do mistakes.
When they need to spell a word, they often spell wrong letters first no matter how much they try. It’s not that they are not listening to you or not try hard, but they have an issue that isn’t something that can be easily controlled.
Letters and words move around – they say
You often hear kids how the sentences they want to read are alive. They experience a movement of particular words and letters inside the sentence. This is not something they make up, but it’s a true problem that they experience. For them, it seems like things are moving around and trying to escape from their eyesight.
There are more exercises and tests that you can try. If you don’t get the problem with time and start treating it, your kids might struggle when they reach adolescence. Learning and communicating is a true challenge for these kids.
Not treating them will leave a scar that isn’t erasable. The sooner you start treatment, the better it will be for the child. See how treatment is done on the link: https://www.webmd.com/children/understanding-dyslexia-treatment.