If you have a child with dyslexia, or you suspect your child may be dyslexic, there's likely lots of information that you're trying to wade through. To make your research a bit easier, below are outlined three common myths surround dyslexia and the truths behind them.
Myth #1: Dyslexia Cannot Be Diagnosed Until School Age
As dyslexia and other learning differences are becoming better understood, recognition of such differences can happen even before a child reaches school age.
There are a number of symptoms associated with dyslexia that aren't related to reading and writing. As dyslexia is a language-based challenge, it can effect such things as speech and comprehension. Early symptoms of dyslexia include delayed speech, difficulties rhyming, and trouble with pronunciation. If you suspect your pre-schooler has dyslexia or another learning difference, it's best to speak with your child's pediatrician and receive a referral to a developmental specialist.
Myth #2: If My Child Isn't Failing in School, then Dyslexia Isn't Possible
While it's true that children with dyslexia may experience difficulties with reading, writing, and speaking, this doesn't mean that your child won't be able to pass their courses and even excel in such subjects as reading and composition.
Even if your child doesn't seem to be having issues in class, if you or your child's teacher notice signs of dyslexia, such as guessing during reading or confusing similar words when speaking, it's a good idea to have your child tested. Children can adapt quite easily, so even if your child is passing their courses, they may be using coping mechanisms to get by. It's important that your child is given the tools to work through their learning challenges as early as possible, but that's only possible with a proper diagnosis.
Myth #3: Dyslexia is Outgrown or Curable
Dyslexia is a lifelong challenge, but with the proper supports, your child can excel – academically and emotionally.
Dyslexia is not a disease – it's simply a way in which your child sees the world differently. While this may seem unfair, there are plenty of things you and your child can do to help them succeed, and even excel. Early diagnosis is best for children, as accommodations can be put in place immediately. But even children who aren't diagnosed until later in their school career can still learn to overcome their challenges.
If you suspect your that child has dyslexia, it's time to speak with their pediatrician for a proper referral. With the proper supports in place, dyslexia need not be an impossible challenge.