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Symptoms of Dyslexia in Children


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Dyslexia or SLD (specific learning difficulty) is a neurological disorder commonly characterized as facing difficulties with words and language. It might run in family history and appears to be linked with certain genes that affect the brain processing of reading and language.

Dyslexia is not labeled as a symptom of low intelligence, a person with dyslexia might be intelligent in all other aspects and can attain the same education as others but remains unable to read at the expected level. The most common characteristic of dyslexia is difficulty in reading, comprehension, spelling, and identification of words which leads to difficulty in speaking and writing as well. It can be said that a person with dyslexia finds it difficult to speak accurately and fluently also lacks decoding abilities and has poor spelling and speaking skills. 

The struggle is real and varies from person to person. A dyslexic person has a hard time reading and identifying sounds and patterns. Some even read the words and sentences fine, but they face trouble understanding what they read. The symptoms keep changing at different stages of life. But each individual has some unique strengths and faces distinct challenges. It might be hard to spot the symptoms of dyslexia until your child starts going to school. A teacher might be the first person to notice these symptoms by assessing the child and how much struggle they face in reading, spelling, or following instructions in the classroom.

Children with dyslexia often face trouble in processing language. Preschoolers who take longer to speak and write or get the letters and words mixed up can have a dyslexic disorder and remain behind their fellows in language skills. Preschoolers with dyslexic disorder may show various signs. They:

May face issues in speech, and take more time to talk than most children.

May have problems with pronunciation.

May mispronounce words and be unable to recall the right word.

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May find it hard to learn and remember the alphabet and sounds.

May take time to learn new words.

May face problems in forming words correctly and adding new vocabulary words.

May find it difficult to rhyme and have problems with rhyming words or learning rhymes.

May be in trouble learning the alphabet, numbers, shapes, colors, and days of the week.

May have issues with spelling and writing their name.

May develop motor skills much slower than other children.

May have distress while interacting with others.

May not be able to follow instructions quickly.

May face difficulty in repeating the story/incident.

If your child is facing any such issues or you have been observing other concerns related to the dyslexic disorder, then you need to consult an expert as soon as possible. Although there is no medical cure available for treating dyslexia so far, it can be treated successfully with some guidance and help from experts.