Caring for the Child with Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a learning disability characterised by a child’s difficulty in reading, spelling, and sometimes speaking. There are three distinct models in dyslexia-visual, auditory, and attentional. Dyslexia is not a neurological disorder, as once thought. It is primarily a learning deficiency that affects nearly 10% of children born in the United States.

It is important for the caregiver and parents to completely understand dyslexia and the conditions that surround it. Atypical children are often misdiagnosed with dyslexia, or with other conditions such as
attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and in rare case, with a form of autism. These children share like similarities in the behavioral patterns, which if not fully understood, can cause difficulties in the child’s quality of life.

For parents, caregivers, and educators, knowing some of the risk factors involved in early development can meet the condition head on. Some of these symptoms include speaking late, trouble with simple rhymes, writing their own names and more. These symptoms are also prevalent in the other disorders noted. Introducing words, numbers, and drawing to an early reportoire can ease some of the underlying symptoms of dyslexia.

There are computer programs that introduce basic language arts to children who are at risk for this or any other learning disability. Word games, whether online or out of a book, can help increase fluency in reading and speech heavily, given the proper support features. Exercises like these can help to build skills and confidence in the child, promoting the necessary funtions and style of learning best suited for the child.

Often, child with dyslexia will see a variety of speech and occupational therapists. This requires frequent therapy and doctors appointments that can not be missed. Caregivers should be expected to interact and pass along information to professionals so that the child can get the appropriate treatments for the individual condition.

For some children with dyslexia, life can be difficult in the social area. It is important for them to have a solid support of family, caregivers, and educators who can make the transition easier, and the hope for improvements significant. Children with dyslexia can have some social issues due to the fears and the feeling of not being adequate enough in their education. Strong psychological support is necessary when dealing with these issues. Caregivers who are trained in this regard can be extremely helpful to a dyslexic child.

Behavioral issues are also very common in children with dyslexia. For a caregiver to be prepared and understanding of the issues is vital. Patience and support can go a long way when caring for this particular child. Though the stress can be incredible at times, the proper influence can be a critical factor in children with dyslexia. The ability to be a calming inffluence will be of more help to everyone involved, as opposed to being authoritarian and using disciplinary tactics.

For caregivers working with dyslexic children, it should be noted that the condition is treatable and that many dyslexic children eventually ‘grow out’ of these symptoms, becoming fluent adults. This comes from the appropriate mix of caregiving, parenting, and educating, which can make a child more comfortable, confident

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