If your child enters school with undiagnosed dyslexia, they will likely struggle with some basic skills. Many dyslexic students have high levels of intelligence, imagination, creativity, and maturity, but they:
Can’t sound out words
Can’t break words into parts
Claim that reading is hard
Don’t associate letters with sounds
It’s easy for teachers and parents to overlook dyslexia, especially if the child is otherwise engaged and learns new concepts easily. Hop over dyslexiachampion.com/f/surviving-high-school-with-dyslexia to find various dyslexia symptom.
Dr. ElSayed knows that her patients with dyslexia are often high achievers and have excellent problem-solving skills that can mislead some adults in their lives.
How dyslexia affects academic and social development
Human learning starts with a foundation of language, so if that foundation is missing or weak, all subsequent learning suffers. As a dyslexic child progresses through school:
- Reading continues to be a source of angst
- Speaking and vocabulary suffer
- They make spelling errors
- They often don’t finish tests on time
- Penmanship is sloppy
- They may have low self-esteem
- They have to study harder and may miss out on social activities
- They may exhibit anxiety, aggression, or withdrawal
- Classic dyslexia symptoms include: slow reading, very poor spelling, and weak phonemic awareness resulting in great difficulty sounding out words, especially unfamiliar ones
- Pre-school warning signs include: delayed speech, difficulty learning the alphabet, inability to rhyme words, confusion of left & right, before and after and other directional or relational words, poor pencil grip, and messy writing
- Symptoms can be seen as early as the first six months of age
- Difficulty tying shoelaces and reading a clock with hands are reliable indicators of dyslexia
- Reading problems are often unexpected relative to other cognitive abilities or skills
- Dyslexia varies from mild to severe, with symptoms varying in degree and number accordingly
Some older dyslexic students tend to master their environment and learn how to survive and even succeed in school, while others struggle throughout and end up despising their academic experience.