Is Your Child Dyslexic?

As a parent, you suppose to notice everything and alert your family physician to any concerns. However, how do you know if your child is dyslexic? And, is being dyslexic a big problem?

What is Dyslexia?

First of all, what is dyslexia? Take a look at this (partial) list of symptoms below. How many symptoms does your child have?

•   She had a difficult time pronouncing words.

•   He started to talk later then most kids.

•   Talked in incomplete sentences for longer then other kids.

•   Grammar is difficult concept for dyslexic people.

•   She had a hard time learning her alphabet, even with songs and aids & turns her letters, such as p,d,q, and b around.

•   Dyslexic people have a limited vocabulary.

•   He can understand more complicated words, but has a hard time using them in his own vocabulary.

•   She might have a difficult time with concepts and relationships such as the doll is left of the box, and on top of the chair.

•   He has great trouble with discriminating sounds, especially vowels.

•   Decodes a word and has to decode the same word again on the next page.

•   Misreading common words such as “of” for “from.”

•   Transposing letters and/or numbers.

•   She usually read slower, misread more often, skip words, guess at longer words, and can skip entire lines.

•   She has poor comprehension of the words she read.

•   Traditional reading methods such as phonics do not work.

•   Difficult time spelling.

•   He has trouble getting his thoughts from his head on paper.

•   Misspells the same words various ways, even in the same paragraph.

How does Dyslexia Affect Learning?

After reading this list, do you think your child might be dyslexic? If so, how does that affect your child and his learning?

•   She might have low self-esteem and be anxious or depressed.

•   Hates going to school or only goes to school to hang with other kids.

•   Her teacher thinks she might have ADHD.

•   He likes reading books, but actually mostly looks at the pictures and fills in the blank from memory or makes things up.

•   She throws a fit doing homework, especially if it involves writing.

•   It seems they are always reluctant to do schoolwork.

•   Throws temper tantrums, even at older ages.

You might want to look for ways to make reading fun. There are online website that read the books to kids or check out the eReading: Gulliver’s Travels app in the app store, specifically designed for people with reading issues.

What are the Benefits of being Dyslexic?

There are many famous people who are dyslexic. How about Jay Leno (TV comedian), Richard Branson (business,and airline entrepreneur), Charles Swab (financial entrepreneur), Thomas Edison (inventor), Whoopi Goldberg (actress)? They all overcame their learning differences and either worked around it or used it to their advantage. For example, Richard Branson surounds himself with people that help write letters, stay organized, and check all his spelling. Jay Leno makes fun of himself when he talks about misspelled words in the newspaper.


Many dyslexic people feel that the trade-off for being incredibly creative and look at the world quite differently, is being dyslexic. They call it a gift!

Jolanda Witvliet

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