Are you homeschooling? Knowing the signs and symptoms of dyslexia in children can help you know whether your child has a problem so you can find the best way to help them learn.
Are you worried your child is a slow reader or muddling up numbers?
If you are homeschooling, this can be even more of a worry because there are no 'experts' around to tell you if they think there is a problem.
Knowing the signs and symptoms of dyslexia in children can be a real help.
Like most things, we can only guess at how many children have dyslexia because the signs and symptoms of dyslexia are not always easy to detect.
In the past, many children went un-diagnosed and many children slip through the net today - even if they are in school.
They estimate it affects 3%-7% of the population. But up to 20% of the population may have signs and symptoms of dyslexia.
So if your child has it, be reassured that dyslexia is very common and can be overcome.
The way to help is to change the way you teach to suit the way your child learns.
also dyslexic but have found for me I have to write the words then when
I want to remember how to spell it, I close my eyes I see myself
Every person is different but I felt like rubbish at school as I struggled with this.
~ Claire, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook Group
The biggest thing to remember about the signs and symptoms of dyslexia is that every child is different.
Your child may struggle with some things on this list and find others easy; but they could still have dyslexia.
In fact the only thing that really stands out about dyslexia is how much it varies from one child to another.
Some of the common signs and symptoms of dyslexia in children can be:
"What I would say is that there are many types of learning disabilities, not just dyslexia. Just something to keep in mind. "
~ Suzanne, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook Group
Here is Suzanne again to put that list into real life for us:
For my kids (and for the classic dyslexic), what we noticed is that words are spelled phonetically and that vowels are often altogether
missing from words. Certainly letter and number inversions, and like
you noted, writing the number 4 first when trying to write 14.
2/3 of my kids had a rhyming issue. Also pretty common. They can tell you if two words rhyme, but if you ask them for example: “What rhymes with bite?” they can’t pull a rhyming word out of their brain.
Another common sign is problems with tracking during reading. Or in the case of one of my kids, words move around on the page, and another kid letters spin and vibrate.
And dyslexic kids typically have trouble with sight words.
If you're worried your child may be dyslexic, my friend Julie can tell you about how to run an online test yourself to assess dyslexia symptoms or early signs of dyslexia in your child.
The screening results are not a definitive diagnosis of dyslexia but a way to identify areas of concern – and help you decide whether you need professional help.
As Julie says, when you are homeschooling and ‘outside of the school system’ it can be daunting enough teaching your child to read. If you suspect your child has dyslexia then it is even more worrying.You can see more about the test here.
And here is a bit of reassurance from Ami that being at school is no guarantee that the teachers would pick up the signs and symptoms of dyslexia in your child.
I fell through the cracks in school not getting help (for my dyslexia).... ...I never caught up. By 10th grade I dropped out.
age 32 I finished 4 credits for my high school through adult learning at
~ Ami, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook Group
In fact you are more likely to pick up the signs and symptoms of dyslexia in your child when you are homeschooling because you are much more in tune with how your child learns.
By homeschooling, you will be able to find the method which works best and adapt your teaching to help your child.
If you are homeschooling with dyslexia, the Courageous Homeschooling Facebook Group is a support group for all homeschoolers where we share resources and give each other encouragement and support.
Come and join us!