by Hans J.A. Dekkers
Some key dyslexia symptoms are lack of fluency, and lack of accuracy (guessing). Secondary signs may be memorizing sequences, weak spelling, early development speech issues, and current pronunciation issues. Parents or grandparents who struggled in reading increase the risk (genetic link). We may also observe deteriorating motivation for school, and changes in overall behavior (towards depression, or aggression/frustration).
What makes diagnosis somewhat difficult is the fact that one cannot simply place children in two groups: dyslexics and non-dyslexics. The ability to learn to read differs among children. Dyslexic children often try to hide their dyslexia struggles. Dyslexia signs may include a growing dislike of school, starting to dread Mondays, or changes (for the worse) in overall behavior. Dyslexia tends to be hereditary. Delays in early speech development may also indicate future problems in reading. When reading problem are suspected a child deserves to be assessed. Dynaread offers a free online test for children ages seven and up.
References: Linda Siegel, PhD. Perspectives on Dyslexia. Paediatric Child Health; 11(9):581-587.
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