What are the Signs of Dyslexia?

by Kimberley McGee
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We’ve all heard the word, but what does it mean to have dyslexia? What are the signs and how can we better understand what it’s all about? Gifted children, kids on the spectrum or with ADHD can all struggle with dyslexia. Many parents who transition from public to homeschool in Nevada do so to assist their children with reading and comprehension. 

We asked Jasmine Hibler, a trained tutor and owner of Dyslexia Intervention Services, to educate us on this often confusing subject.

What is an issue people need to know more about dyslexia and/or homeschooling children with dyslexia?

I think the most important things to know are to trust your instincts and seek out information if you suspect dyslexia. The earlier you can help your child, the better off they’ll be. A child that has dyslexia can learn to read and spell but they need explicit instruction and it can take longer than someone who doesn’t have dyslexia.

Dyslexia awareness is still so insufficient that most doctors and teachers aren’t taught what dyslexia is in their training…

Another important thing to know about dyslexia is that it is a language processing disorder. It does not just affect reading and spelling, it can affect all aspects of language including speaking, input/output of information, comprehension, and word retrieval.

Dyslexia, ADHD, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and impairments with executive functioning skills can be comorbid conditions.

Dyslexia awareness is still so insufficient that most doctors and teachers aren’t taught what dyslexia is in their training at the university level and are therefore unable to direct you on how to get a diagnosis or proper intervention. Your best bet is to join dyslexia groups such as your local chapter of Decoding Dyslexia and seek out information from people who have specific knowledge with dyslexia. 

What are some early signs of dyslexia?

Early signs of dyslexia include: having a speech delay, inability to rhyme, inconsistency with reading and spelling, poor word retrieval (tip of the tongue feeling or mispronouncing words like saying motion for ocean), poor memory, inability to memorize the days of the week or the months of the year, left/right confusion, and difficulty learning to tie shoes.

How is a tutor who specializes in dyslexia different than a teacher or other tutor?

A tutor can provide 1:1 explicit instruction that addresses the needs of a dyslexic student. Look for a tutor with dyslexia-specific training and experience, even people with a special education background frequently do not have the knowledge or training required to help kids with dyslexia which is why schools are failing our children. 

I would recommend looking for a tutor with verifiable training and one who pursues continuing education. Not just any reading tutor or learning center can provide the necessary skills and experience your dyslexic loved one requires. 

What should a parent look for?

A dyslexia tutor should have a good understanding of what dyslexia is, will understand how co-morbid conditions can affect a student, and be able to provide appropriate instruction. While Orton-Gillingham was once considered the best intervention for dyslexia, Structured Word Inquiry is now widely considered to have qualities that provide superior potential for remediation of dyslexics, regardless of age. 

For further information, Hibler recommends the Decoding Dyslexia Facebook group. #dyslexia #problems #learning #learningstyles #Childdevelopment #dyslexiatutorWith 

Kimberley McGee
Author: Kimberley McGee

Kimberley McGee is an award-winning journalist and homeschool mama of twins.

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