Lots of people think that Dyslexia is all made up and the kids that can’t read well will just grow out of it. My brothers still haven’t grown out of it and they are in their 40s.
So far we have 3 kids with learning differences that severely effect their ability to improve in reading and spelling like most other kids. Despite their persistent, diligent effort they find reading, writing and spelling very difficult. They have to bring their A game to the table, and then it feels like little reward for so much effort.
My hope is that this will give you a key to help with diagnosing your kids, but please remember Dyslexia or any learning difference is not a black and white subject. It sort of feels like a mind-field – argh! But don’t worry you can make good progress and implement some really neat ideas at home and for your child. REMEMBER these children are amazing little people, with big futures and so much to give to the world with their own unique and intelligent way of being.
So when i finally said enough was enough, i’mto get my kids tested.
- Trying really hard and making very little progress.
- Trouble learning and remembering basic frequently used sight words. the, to, can, on etc.
- Always mixing up the b, d, p, q and 9, 6. This is quiet common for most kids, but even today my kids still have to work hard to decipher which letter it is.
- Looks to the pictures to understand the text. My kids have become very good readers by remembering the pictures and the stories. Once i hid the pictures, i realised they had no idea what they were reading, but were using their memories and the picture to prompt the story.
- Slow laboured reading.
- Guessing the words, instead of sounding out.
- Missing whole words, or skipping lines and pages.
- Mixing up small words ‘for’ and ‘from’, ‘to’ and ‘the’.
- Reading words backwards ‘was as saw’, or ‘on as no’.
- Changing words to the shorter versions. ‘mother’ to ‘mum’ and ‘children to kids’.
- Memorises entire stories.
- Failing to recognise familiar words
- Compared to others makes poor progress in reading.
Tap into your mum intuition and if you think something is not right, get your child tested. We used Seabrook Mackenzie in Christchurch, it was expensive $480 but so informative and has helped me to understand the strengths and weaknesses in each child.
If you are unsure, the link below will help you get started in finding the right help in your area.
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