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How To Recognise Dyslexia In Your Child

7 Ways to recognise potential Dyslexia in kids
With the advent of technology in the field of science and medicine, the quest of finding prevention
measures and cure for the eradication of even the most complex and fatal diseases like cancer, has
emerged as an achievable target. Just like drops of water eventually lead to an ocean, similar is the
analogy for the development of any disease in the human body. During early stages, it is the human
senses that are alarmed first. If the individual is cautious enough to understand such symptoms, the
disease can ultimately be ceased.
A disorder which hinders the ability of learning and reading certain languages, Dyslexia, also known as
‘reading disorder’ is one of the concerns that needs to be looked upon. The diagnosis of this disorder at
the earliest is of utmost importance.
Seven signs to recognise potential Dyslexia in kids are:

1. Late Onset of speech in Infants

The expected age for an infant to start talking, i.e. when he/she speaks the very first word, is around 6-8
months. Babies learn from the sounds they hear frequently and as Dyslexia weakens the aural and visual
senses, it often delays the start of speech in infants.

2.Trouble in pronunciation due to defect in acoustic sense

The basis of dyslexia is the lack of phonological awareness in the child. The ability to distinguish between
different sounds and mixing various sounds and words are the prime symptoms. This hikes the difficulty
in understanding the phonemes related to the words and letters.

3.Reluctance to read even small paragraphs or sentences

If the child gets frustrated or refuses to read aloud often, this indicates that he/she may have problem in
recognising the words and sounds distinctly. If the child often skips words in sentences, it might be a
possible case of Dysgraphia.

4.Trouble with basic grammar and languages

Dyslexia is a cognitive disorder, it is not related to intelligence in any way. Even though the child is
willing to learn and knows the language, he makes such mistakes without much of his knowledge. This
makes him/her lack behind in academics as compared to other fellow classmates.

5. Difficulty in mathematics

The child may have problems with basic math operations and numbers, probably because of utter confusion.
This can be a case of Dyscalculia, where it is difficult to visualise numbers and count them serially.

6.Slow processing speed in general tasks

Due to the trouble in recognising and distinguishing different sounds and characters, the kid requires a lot
of time in understanding even the basic of questions and tasks. Their skill-sets differ from their peers.
They may take unusually long to come to terms with seemingly normal practices, that come easily to their
counterparts. But they may be super- fast and way ahead of their fellow mates in certain activities like
painting, sketching, a sport, or Math. -look out for what they are.

7.Signs of depression and loneliness

Due to the feeling of being left out and being the odd man out in the crowd, these kids tend to separate
themselves from the society. Frustration and short temper is a common case in such scenarios.

Dyslexia is not lack of intelligence or being unable to express, it is the difficulty with phonological
processing, spellings and sometimes, timely responding  to visual signals. If this is recognised early, the
kids can be assisted in learning right from the basic level, by special teaching techniques, programs, and
many other sources that help him match up to the level of his fellow mates.
Everyone lives life in his/her own way, understanding the world in this journey of unknown time-frame
and purpose. It’s us, collectively as a society, that has to progress together, helping each other till the end.
We must learn to appreciate, and not condemn the irregularities and differences between us, and let each
freely nurture into a being. Accept? No, Celebrate Differences.
Do you recognise these symptoms in someone you know?


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