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Possible Signs Your Child Has Dyslexia

Possible Signs Your Child Has Dyslexia

Almost every parent knows that children with dyslexia have trouble reading words and sentences. However, what you may not be aware of is that dyslexia can also cause problems in speaking, writing, and spelling. A common learning disability, dyslexia affects areas of the brain that are responsible for processing language.

The good news is that anyone with dyslexia can still perform well in school. As a matter of fact, the disorder is not linked with intelligence. As long as the child is being tutored and receives strong emotional support from their parents, teachers, and classmates, they will have the potential to succeed in school.

While there’s no proven way to treat dyslexia, there are many intervention programs available to reduce the symptoms and improve the child’s writing and reading skills. Early assessment is also a great way to detect the learning disorder, so parents can seek help as soon as possible.

 

Does Your Child Have Dyslexia?

One important thing to keep in mind is that the signs and symptoms of dyslexia vary for each child. Age plays a critical role in identifying the presence of the disorder. By the time a child enters school, that’s when the parent or teacher may start to notice signs of the disorder.

If you suspect that your child might be suffering from dyslexia, take a look at our list of its common signs below. Be sure to take down notes.

Preschool age

  • Slow in learning nursery rhymes
  • Difficulty learning new words
  • Problems learning and remembering the names of alphabet letters
  • Problems expressing themselves
  • Unable to use the right word to describe something
  • Unable to narrate an event in a logical sequence
  • Mispronouncing simple words

 

School age

  • Reading and/or writing slowly
  • Unable to read aloud without making any errors
  • Confusing the order of letters in a word
  • Writing numbers and letters the opposite way ( “b” instead of “d”)
  • Problems pronouncing simple terms
  • Problems comprehending what others are saying
  • Poor “word attack skills” or lack of interest in learning new words
  • Poor spelling skills
  • Trouble remembering how to spell certain words
  • Replacing words when reading aloud ( “Flower” instead of “plant”; “sport” instead of “basketball”)
  • Often making repeated mistakes
  • Trouble sounding out new and unfamiliar words
  • Struggling to answer questions in details
  • Not engaging in activities that involve reading
  • Difficulty finding the right words to say or write down
  • Difficulty remembering sequences
  • A tendency to reverse letters in a word frequently
  • Confusing words that sound similar
  • Taking a lot of time and effort to complete tasks that involve writing or reading
  • Using vague or general vocabulary
  • Reading in an awkward and slow manner
  • Reading below the expected level for their age
  • Mispronouncing long and complicated words

 

Teenage years

  • Problems summarizing a story
  • Difficulty reading, spelling, and/or memorizing
  • Difficulty learning another language
  • Difficulty finding the right word to use
  • Difficulty taking down notes
  • Often mispronouncing words or names
  • Slow to understand jokes or idioms
  • Taking a lot of time and effort to complete tasks that involve writing or reading
  • Not engaging in activities that involve reading
  • A tendency to leave out small words or some parts of longer words when reading aloud
  • Poor writing skills as shown in essays, reports, or letters

 

When to Seek Help

If most of the symptoms described here are present in your child, the first thing you might want to do is to reach out to their teacher. Ask the teacher’s assessment of your child’s performance, particularly in reading and writing. If their level is below average for their age, it’s time you consult your pediatrician.

If the pediatrician could not detect any underlying health problems to explain your child’s learning problems, your child most likely needs to be referred to a child psychologist, speech pathologist, or a learning disabilities specialist.

 

Help Sick and Disadvantaged Kids in Your Area

Did you know that your old car that you no longer use can still be highly useful to you and to your community? When you hand it over to us at Kids Car Donations, it can play a vital role in bringing health and well-being to the kids and teens in your community.

By selling it through auction, we will turn your vehicle into a source of critical funding for the child-focused nonprofit organizations that we have partnered with. These IRS-certified 501(c)3 nonprofits offer their beneficiaries with life-saving and life-enhancing services, such as comprehensive medical assistance and quality health care, psychological support services, and so much more.

Our donation process is a quick one. Informing us of your decision to donate is the only task you’ll need to complete. Just give us basic information about your car and your preferred time, date, and place for the pickup (we offer FREE towing services in all 50 states), and we’ll gladly take care of everything else.

As our way of expressing our gratitude to you, we’ll deliver to your home address, your 100-percent tax-deductible sales receipt a few weeks after the sale of your donated vehicle. You’ll need this receipt to claim your tax deduction when you file your itemized federal income tax return, so see to it that you keep it.

If you’re interested to learn more about our vehicle donation program, head over to our FAQs page. Send us a message here or call us at 866-634-8395 if you have any questions or concerns.

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You may not be fully aware of it yet, but there are critically and chronically ill kids in your area who desperately need assistance. You can definitely do something to help them. Call us at 866-634-8395 or fill out our online donation form and help save lives with your car donation now!