Are you concerned your child may have dyslexia? The earlier a child undergoes testing for a specific learning difficulty, the more effective treatment is likely to be. There are many symptoms you may have already picked up on.
Preschool children with dyslexia are likely to show signs of speech problems, for example not being able to pronounce long words, delayed speech and the habit of mixing letters and pronunciation. They are also likely to have difficulty in learning the letters of the alphabet and have difficulty in picking up on rhymes.
Sometimes a disparity between maths and science ability and reading/writing ability can point to possible difficulties. Reading mathematical ‘word’ problems can also be an issue for children with dyslexic tendencies.
Issues of short term memory can be present, with children unable to ‘hold’ a number of instructions in their mind at one time. Skimming and scan reading can be tricky too.
Organisational issues, which often start to show towards the end of primary school and into secondary school are a likely symptom – in terms of making sure they have the right things for the task, but also how to organise ideas and get these down on paper.
There are some tasks which dyslexic children find hard and time-consuming. Copying from the board is one; due to the way words are processed, children may struggle to copy (and read) a word they’ve only just seen – it seems ‘new’ to them each time. Consequently, this can be a slow and frustrating process.
Dyslexia screening tests and assessments can help to show where some of these difficulties lay and can be taken into school so that the right support is in place for these students. Many of our private tutors in Cambridge, Ely, Huntingdon and Newmarket are experienced with dealing with dyslexic and dyscalculic children.
Visual stress (also known as Irlen Syndrome) can also co-exist with dyslexia. This is unrelated to any other sight issue; a child could have 20:20 vision and the brain still sees a confusing set of words. Coloured acetate overlays and/or glasses can help some students to ‘fix’ the letters in place. Testing for visual stress can be added onto a screening test or assessment for dyslexia and dyscalculia.
We are now doing our dyslexia and dyscalculia screenings – please email us for further details or give us a call.