Many people know that
dyslexia is a challenge with reading. But in fact, it’s more than that. Dyslexia is a challenge with language. That can make it hard to recognize all of the signs. For instance, why would trouble with rhyming be a sign of trouble with reading?
Dyslexia can also cause trouble with spelling,
speaking, and writing. So signs can show up in a few areas, not just in reading.
Not all kids with dyslexia struggle with the same reading skills. Some have a hard time with early skills like sounding out words (
decoding). Some can read words and sentences, but they have
trouble understanding what they read.
think your child might have dyslexia, look over this list of symptoms. Take notes on what you’re seeing at home so you can discuss it with your child’s teacher or doctor. From there you can talk about how to help your child improve reading.
Signs of Dyslexia in Preschool
Mispronounces words, like saying “beddy tear” instead of “teddy bear”
Struggles to name familiar objects and uses general words like thing and stuff instead
Has a hard time learning nursery rhymes or song lyrics that rhyme
Has trouble remembering sequences, like singing the letters of the alphabet
Tells stories that are hard to follow; has trouble talking about an event in a logical order
Has an easier time answering questions about a page of text if it’s read aloud
Takes a very long time to complete reading assignments
Having these challenges can be tough on kids. Some think they’re not smart because they’re struggling when most kids aren’t. But trouble with reading doesn’t mean kids aren’t smart. That’s just one of the many
myths about dyslexia.
Kids who struggle often feel like they’re the only ones. Let your child know that dyslexia is a very common learning difference, and that many kids need extra help learning to read. The good news is that there are successful
ways to teach struggling readers, and skills can improve.