Dyslexia and symptoms in children
The symptoms of dyslexia –ιδιαίτερα μαθήματα– vary with age. If your child has one or two of these signs, it does not necessarily mean they have dyslexia. But if it has many of the points listed below it may mean that you need to do special tests on the child to confirm that he has dyslexia. Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that can appear to children often and in different rating, and although it is not curable, it can be treated with the right schooling and help from parents and experts.
See what are the main symptoms of dyslexia by age
Different age groups tend to present the dyslexia symptoms in different years of age. This means that we can not diagnose every symptom at every age. Let us see the differences in symptoms concerning preschool age, age of 10 to 14 years old, age of 14 to 18 or 19 years old and finally adulthood.
A preschooler (3-4 years old) who has dyslexia might show the symptoms mentioned below:
- Start talking later than most children.
- Have more difficulty pronouncing words than other children.
- Not enrich his vocabulary just as quickly with new words and not to be able to remember the right word for every purpose.To have trouble learning the alphabet, numbers, days of the week, colors, shapes, how to spell and how to write his name
- Have difficulty reciting short poems or thinking of words with a rhyme.
- To be slow to develop fine motor skills. For example, your child may need more time than people of the same age to learn how to hold a pencil in writing position, how to use buttons and zippers, and how to brush their teeth.
- Children from kindergarten to the age of 9-10 can:
- Have difficulty reading plain words, when they are not surrounded by other words.
- Delay learning the connection between letters and sounds.
- To confuse small words.
- To constantly make mistakes in reading and spelling
Age of 10-13 years
Children at these ages might:
- Not perform good at reading reading
- Change the order of the letters in a word
- Be unable to recognize and learn prefixes, suffixes, word roots and other aspects of reading and spelling.
- Have difficulty spelling and writing the same word in two different ways even on the same page.
- Avoid reading aloud because they are afraid of their mistakes.
- Have difficulties with word problems in mathematics.
- Have difficulty writing or have illegible writing, or hold the pencil / pen grip too tightly when writing.
- Avoid writing in general
Age from 14 years up to 18-19 years
At this age, children with dyslexia may:
- Read very slowly and with many errors / inaccuracies
- Keep writing the same word in different ways in a single piece of text.
- Avoid tests that require reading and writing
- Have a problem summarizing / summarizing text
- Not have a good ability to memorize text
- Have limited vocabulary and not be able to store a lot of information from reading
Adults with dyslexia may:
- Hide the reading problems they face
- Not be good at spelling words
- Avoid writing
- Have increased skills in oral communication
- Rely more on their memory and not on reading new information
- Be good at communicating with other people and “reading” people (intuitive).
- Often work in a job that is far below their intellectual abilities.
- Have difficulty with planning and organization.
Treatment of dyslexia
As we have mentioned above, dyslexia can be treated but not cured. If you choose a right and suitable instructor for your child then they will not have many issues when growing up. The most important component is to have an experienced teacher at school, or be a parent who has spent a lot of time reading books about childhood development. This way, you will be able to diagnose the early symptoms of your child’s dyslexia, so that you can treat it properly.
Furthermore, you should bear in mind that not every dyslectic child has the same symptoms or the same level of symptoms. Everyone is different and therefore, they should be treated differently. The most helpful step to their treatment is to be there for them and be patient. After that, a teacher or a private tutor will help your kid even more with practices and exercises to boost their confidence and knowledge.
Find the suitable teachers for children with dyslexia
The teachers who are graduates of special education can help your child become better and do less mistakes while using the language. In the online platform of tutors.gr, you will find your tutor in 3 easy steps. First, you need to create an account, then search for the teacher or the subject that you are interested in and finally, send them a message to see if you are one of the people that they are interested in working with!
Due to the hard times we are going through, you can also choose to have online private courses.