If you’re a parent, it’s natural to wonder about your child’s development being “on-time.” But, first thing’s first: Remember that all children learn differently, and that’s okay.
It’s equally important to note that as their parent, you probably know what’s best and your intuition is often, if not always, right.
If you think you’ve noticed signs your child may be developing differently or at a slower rate, it’s imperative you trust your gut and advocate for them. Start by doing your research or talking to the experts like our teachers at The Dyslexia School of Houston.
Consider your child’s age, because dyslexia is most commonly assessed and diagnosed around kindergarten age. That being said, the earliest signs children will struggle with dyslexia can be detected in infants or toddlers.
If your toddler struggles to learn the alphabet, remember words to nursery rhymes or distinguish the difference between unique sounds, you may want to let your pediatrician or medical expert know.
Other signs for dyslexia in young children may include delayed speech, difficulty learning letters, inability to remember a word sequence or forgetting names of people they know well and are comfortable with. Some children who have dyslexia also struggle to remember the order or timeline of recent events.
Children who reach school age and don’t understand left from right or have more difficult days than pleasant ones may also be exhibiting signs of dyslexia, among other behaviors.
If you have a family history of dyslexia and have seen any of these early warning signs in your child’s behavior and development, it’s important to let your pediatrician or a dyslexia specialist know.
Like most diagnoses, the earlier dyslexia is detected, the sooner help can be provided. Through a custom, science-based approach to learning in and out of the classroom, anyone with dyslexia can succeed with the proper support.