What is Dyslexia?
Dyslexia means a child is having difficulty in learning to read. They can see the printed word quite clearly, but to them it seems a confusing jumble of symbols that mean nothing.
Lots of children have early difficulties in learning to read. Insecurity, tensions and anxieties can aggravate this, even in the normal.
However, if your child seems to be particularly slow in this respect, or is eight years or older and is lacking in progress with reading, there could be a problem with dyslexia. Special tests may be necessary.
Discovering the dyslexic child can often be difficult, for it can be hard to pick them out with overcrowded classes and lack of personal contact, which is the case in most schools today.
Such children are often quite bright, and can express themselves very well when speaking. But their writing is sometimes muddled, and letters reversed and confused. Alphabetical symbols with similar configuration are often exchanged, for example “b” and “d.” Unfortunately they are often labeled as being lazy, and not trying.
A child with this problem requires special teaching skills, even after recognition and diagnosis. Much harm may occur if this is not carried out, and it can have persisting psychological overtones. They need extra individual attention and sympathy from a teacher who is aware of these problems and is trained to handle them. Some teachers (called “remedial teachers”) have undergone special training to assist these unfortunate children. Securing the assistance of one of these people is the best advice.