Children in their younger years, as well as older years, face typical problems. If these problems are known as early as possible, there are major changes of it being cured. Dyslexia is one such problem that relates to a learning difficulty leading to problems associated with spelling, reading, and writing. It has become a common problem though with proper and adequate treatment it can become better and be cured too. It is a peculiar condition, as even though basic reading and writing are affected, the intelligence is not affected at all. Without a doubt, it does create a challenge in daily life because we cannot pass through a day without reading or writing and if these basic attributes are put at risk it gets difficult to get on.
Assessment of Dyslexia
The symptoms of dyslexia that show up are:
- Improper and inconsistent spelling
- Reading alphabets wrongly
- Slower than normal pace of writing and reading
- Unable to plan and organize and struggling to do it
- Difficulty to follow a series of instructions given together.
If you think your child may be suffering from dyslexia, it is highly recommended that dyslexia treatment and assessment be done at the earliest. First and foremost, it is best to speak with your child’s school teacher and the co-ordinator of the school handling children with special needs. In addition, meeting with the staff of the school in which your child studies would be of a great help. Dyslexia always created problem in the educational path, as the child is unable to catch pace with the other children in the class and school.
It is advisable that for dyslexia treatment and assessment a visit to the GP would be beneficial. There might be other problems associated with it such as vision errors, problems with hearing and other conditions such as ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. An in depth assessment of the child who might be suffering from this issue while the additional support is being given. There are teachers qualified to be specialised dyslexic teachers who can offer the extra support to the child. As a parent, you would of course explore all avenues and options to afford the right treatment to your child. There are independent associations and charities out there as well as psychologists who specially deal with these cases. It would be worthwhile to pay them a visit and discover all the possible treatments, which you can give to your child.
A procedure is followed for the dyslexia treatment and assessment. Usually, before the assessment takes place, a questionnaire is sent to the parents asking various details about the child, and other issues related to it, which could include a various particulars such as their lifestyle, mental health status, how they take instructions and perform the tasks. During the assessment the child is observed with the way they listen, their behaviour in the learning environment, how they converse with their peers as well as adults and so on. After the assessment, a report is sent to the parents, which details the findings of the assessment with regard to the weaknesses and strengths of the child and areas of improvements. An action plan is drawn, which guides the parents and teachers on how to take this forward and deal with the child so that he or she overcomes it.
There are many ways for dyslexia treatment and assessment. The treatments afforded are:
- Addressing the problem early helps in overcoming it sooner than later.
- Parents can assist by reading aloud than usual to them and work alongside the school your child goes to.
Many educational tools available nowadays can help in the treatment. They range from helping to recognize sounds, identify alphabets, understand, and read loudly thereby building a vocabulary.