Week 4

Questions Every Parent Asks After a Dyslexia Diagnosis

Discovering a learning difference, like dyslexia, in your child is often accompanied by a
range of emotions: surprise, concern, and sometimes even regret. It’s important to
remember that you’re not alone in these emotions — or the questions they bring up.
Your feelings are valid. Over the years, we’ve heard parents again, and again, ask the
following questions after finding out their child has dyslexia.

1. “Why didn’t I see the signs sooner?”
Dyslexia is a complex condition with a wide range of manifestations. Its subtle and
varied symptoms can be masked by a child’s coping mechanisms, or mistaken as part
of normal development. Society’s expectations and misconceptions about learning
differences can also contribute to a delay in recognizing these signs. Rather than
dwelling on the past, focus on the present and future. Now that you’re aware, you can
put your energy into providing the best support and correct interventions.

2. “Is it my fault?”
Dyslexia is not caused by parenting or external factors of any kind. In moments when
you ask this question, remind yourself that dyslexia is a neurological difference that
affects the way brains process language. Blaming yourself is unproductive and
counterintuitive. Instead, channel your energy into learning about dyslexia, seeking
guidance, and advocating for your child’s needs.

3. “How will this affect my child’s future?”
A dyslexia diagnosis does not define a child’s potential or future success. So many
successful individuals with dyslexia have discovered unique ways to navigate their
challenges. With the right support and interventions, children with dyslexia can develop
strong reading and writing skills to support them in excelling in their areas of interest.
Learn more about celebrities you probably didn’t know have dyslexia, here:

10 Celebrities Who Didn’t Let Dyslexia Stop Them

4. “What should I do now?”
Consider this the starting point on a journey your family takes together. This is the
time to learn about dyslexia, its characteristics, and how it impacts learning and
development. At Dyslexia School of Houston, we are here to intervene and provide
the proper therapy for children with dyslexia, no matter your family’s circumstances.

5. “How can I best support my child?”
This is the best question you can ask yourself and one to revisit regularly as you
navigate dyslexia. Children with different learning needs must receive the proper
support and therapy as soon as they receive a diagnosis. Dyslexia School of Houston
works with children every day to take the right steps in their journey, and we are here to
support you!

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