struggling readerDyslexia is the most common learning disability, and 80% of students who have a diagnosed learning disability have dyslexia.  Boys are more likely to be dyslexic than girls, according to a resource from the University of Michigan.

Dyslexia is a complex language problem. It is not a vision problem, but rather has to do with the way the brain works. Dyslexic children  have brains that work differently to process language. They have problems translating language to thought (in listening or reading) and thought to language (in writing or speaking). Affected persons may be unable to break a word down into the sounds that make it up, and unable to think about or write the sounds in a word.

Here are some warning signs that your child could have a reading disability:

Preschool:

Doesn’t know how to hold a book
Can’t tell the difference between letters and squiggles
Can’t recognize own name
Only says a small number of words
Dislikes rhyming games and can’t fill in the rhyming word in familiar nursery rhymes

Kindergarten:

Can’t tell the difference between the sounds that make up a word (phonics)
Slow to name familiar objects and colors
Can’t remember the names and sounds of the letters
By the end of kindergarten, can’t write most of the consonant sounds in a word (it’s normal for vowels to be missing until later)

1st and 2nd grades:

Has trouble pronouncing new words and remembering them
Has trouble blending sounds together to say words
Says reading is easier for their classmates
Falls way behind their classmates
Can’t figure out unknown words
Avoids reading
Resists reading aloud

2nd and 3rd grades:

Begins to withdraw
Has some troubling behavior
Seems to guess at unknown words
Problems with reading comprehension

If dyslexia is not found and treated early on, it tends to snowball. As kids fall further behind in school, they may become increasingly frustrated.  Self-esteem problems may lead to bad behavior and other problems. When dyslexia is unrecognized and not treated, it can cause adult literacy problems. By identifying dyslexia early, your child can get the help they need to reach their full potential.

There is more than one effective way to teach reading. Different children learn in different ways. The method predominantly taught in schools is only effective for about 75% of students.

If you suspect your child may have dyslexia, do not wait! Have your child evaluated. No child should have to fail for a couple years before being able to getting the right kind of help. It is important that every child learn to read in the way that will work best for them.

The Academic Associates Reading Course is a proven, effective method. Most students gain two or more years in reading ability in only 30 to 60 hours, often after repeated failures with other methods.

Contact us or call 919-967-7516 now to schedule your free reading evaluation.

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