Dyslexia can be diagnosed as early as kindergarten, so your child must receive the right support. There are many symptoms of dyslexia that parents and teachers should look for in children before they begin learning to read. If you suspect your child has dyslexia, talk with their doctor about how best to help them learn.
Dyslexia is the most common learning disability, affecting about one in ten children. It’s more prevalent than autism and ADHD combined. And it can affect anyone, even those of us with high IQs. But there are ways to identify dyslexia early on so that your child doesn’t fall behind their peers or struggle through school without support.
It’s important to get your child evaluated by their pediatrician if they show signs of reading difficulties, such as having trouble sounding out words or recognizing letters. Early diagnosis will allow for customized treatment plans and support services to help your child succeed in school. The earlier kids get help for reading problems, the better their chance of overcoming them and succeeding in school and life.
Don’t wait until your child struggles through years of reading instruction without success. A pediatrician can provide more information on what signs indicate a risk of dyslexia, including some common warning signs such as trouble rhyming words or reversing letters when writing or spelling words backward.
You may also notice that your child has difficulty remembering sounds associated with letters or blending sounds together into words (e.g., “cat” becomes “atk”). These difficulties often lead children to confuse similar-sounding words like “hat” and “bat.”
In addition, if you see these types of issues at home but not at school, this could indicate that there is a problem with reading comprehension rather than just decoding skills (i.e., sounding out individual letter combinations).
To learn more about motor speech disorders and their causes, visit NJDDC’s blog section.