October is Dyslexia Awareness Month
If you’re a person with dyslexia or a parent, teacher, educational assistant, or support worker, you know what the struggle to read and write looks like. What doesn’t get talked about as often as the actual neurological effects of dyslexia are the potential lasting emotional effects that come from having any learning disability. Self-esteem and self-worth suffer when people feel like they aren’t as good as their peers at reading and writing. We know that there is absolutely no correlation between intelligence and dyslexia – Einstein was dyslexic – but it can be hard to convince yourself, your child, or your student of that when self-esteem is low.
We came across an excellent article on The International Dyslexia Association, Ontario Branch, website that we thought might be helpful for parents and educators. They’ve posted a list of common signs of dyslexia at various ages, which we’ve shared below. If you think your child might be dyslexic we recommend having a look at their website for further information. Once a diagnosis is in place there are lots of resources that you can access for support or information and, of course, there are fantastic assistive technologies, like WordQ 5, that can be am absolute game changer when it comes to reading and writing better and with confidence.
Trouble with rhyming
Difficulty learning letter names and sounds
Not learning phonics readily
Inconsistent memory for words
Can’t remember lists (days, months)
Distracted by background noise
Poor retrieval of names for colours, objects
Does not spell phonetically
Reverses letter sequences (soiled/solid, left/felt)
Problems with phonic decoding
Over-reliance on context and guessing to decode words
Difficulty learning new vocabulary
Symbol confusion ( e.g. arithmetic symbols: =, +, -, x, )
Poor spelling, symbolic errors
Poor punctuation, capitalization
Difficulty learning cursive writing
Over-reliance on context to read; poor decoding
Dislike and avoidance of writing and reading
Can’t decode new vocabulary
Difficulty organizing written compositions
Written language skills less developed than reading comprehension
Poor spelling and ‘mechanics’ of writing
Difficulty learning a second (or third) language
Slow, minimal, or disorganized writing
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Click here to view the list on The International Dyslexia Association, Ontario Branch, website.