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Do You Know What Dyslexia Really Is?

Do You Know What Dyslexia Really Is?

Although knowledge and understanding of dyslexia is growing, there are still many myths and misconceptions about it. Among the most commonly heard are things such as the belief that it is just flipping letters or swapping letters or reading backwards; and although some people with dyslexia may experience some sensorimotor issues, which may cause them to have poor directionality, many dyslexics do not necessarily have that experience.

Let’s start by defining some terminology; as defined by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), dyslexia is “characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition, and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities, and the provision of effective classroom instruction.”

The phonological system of language is the first system of language that develops in infancy and acts as the basis upon which the other systems of language develop (e.g. the semantic and syntactic language systems). Weak representations of individual phonemes (distinct units of sound) and their subsequent relationship to each other result in weakness with oral language, which interferes with one’s ability to receive instruction to read, write and spell. Without strong phonemic representations, it is difficult to map sounds with the symbols that represent them, which in turn makes learning to decode difficult. Without strong decoding skills, the process of developing fluent reading skills is interrupted.  It is a bottom-up process that starts with the development of the phonological system.


Do You Know What Your Child’s Language/Learning Needs Are?

Have you been wondering for quite some time why your child may be struggling with recalling names of common objects or letters; having difficulty reading, writing or spelling; finding it hard to organize their thoughts well enough to clearly communicate things they want or need; or not being able to follow multi-step instructions or do things in the proper sequence? These are just some of the potential challenges your child may face if they have dyslexia and/or other language-based learning challenges.

The first step in determining whether your child has dyslexia or a language-based learning deficit, is to have him or her evaluated. A comprehensive cognitive, literacy and speech and language evaluation can determine if there are language deficits and provide detail about what an individual child’s strengths and weaknesses may be as it relates to processing and building language skills needed for reading and writing. A sensorimotor evaluation can further determine how sensory and motor functions may be contributing to those difficulties with acquiring the basic building blocks of language.


Has Your Child Already Been Diagnosed?

If you have already had your child evaluated and diagnosed with dyslexia or another language-based learning disability, do you know what to do next? Wellington-Alexander Center can help guide you to find the services that best fit your child’s needs.

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