Parenting Tips: When to Consider Testing for Dyslexia
It’s estimated that roughly 5% of all children in elementary school have some form of dyslexia. While this can be a concerning statistic to hear, it’s important that you understand the facts about dyslexic children. Today, though, let’s simply look at when to test for dyslexia.
How Do I Know if My Child Has Dyslexia?
As a reading disability, dyslexia can start showing signs around the time your child first begins learning letters and tries to write them out. However, it’s important not to panic if your child is showing signs indicating that he or she may be dyslexic. For one thing, he/she can still grow up to learn how to read and write just like everyone else.
Furthermore, signs of dyslexia in children can be tough to pin down at an early age. Most children will have some issues trying to grasp the basics of reading and writing no matter what.
That being said, some signs you may want to look out for include:
- A complete disinterest in reading, writing or drawing
- Slow to learn new words and/or speak in full sentences
- Difficulty grasping the concept of time like past or present and naming the months or days of the week in sequence
- Not able to pick up on rhymes or create them on their own
Again, some children simply develop slower than others, but if you’re noticing any of these symptoms, it may be a good idea to have your child tested.
Dyslexia Can Be Overcome
As we mentioned above, a child showing signs of dyslexia is not the end of the world. While it might take some extra work to help him/her along, there’s a real upside to dyslexia too.
At Woodburn Pediatric, we offer dyslexia testing as well as a number of other resources for parents and teachers to help dyslexic children. Our team is here to help, so contact us with questions or to learn more about dyslexia.