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A dyslexic child

The new school year is around the corner. Many parents may not realise that experts believe that 14% of the UK population suffer with dyslexia. If your young child is confused by letters which look similar, particularly b/d, p/g, p/q, n/u, m/w or has difficulty with concepts of yesterday, today, tomorrow, then they may be dyslexic. What can you do?


No dummy

Children with dyslexia are not unknowing, as dyslexia is not related to the level of intelligence. Dyslexia appears to run in families, so it maybe down to genes affecting some parts of brain development during early life.

5 Parent Actions:

  1. Look out for signs of emotional stress. The consequences of dyslexia are frustration, anger, low self-esteem or becoming withdrawn.
  2. People with dyslexia need constant praise and support to rebuild self-esteem. It is very important to have someone who believes in them.
  3. Never compare their schoolwork with a brother or sister. Children with dyslexia are often sensitive to criticism.
  4. Do not get angry. Failing to remember spoken and written instructions or forgetting where something has been left is a consequence of dyslexia.
  5. At the beginning of each school year meet your child’s teacher. Make sure they know about dyslexia and what they can do to help.

Next steps

If you suspect that your child may be dyslexic, then discuss your concerns with their teacher or the school's Special Educational Needs Coordinator. Get your child assessed as early as possible, ideally by age 7.

A dyslexic child has strengths, often with oral skills, comprehension, spatial awareness, and artistic abilities. Stop believing that a dyslexic child must fail. Adults with Dyslexia are good at problem-solving and focusing on the wider picture, which are great business skills. Lord Sugar, Anita Roddick, Richard Branson and Jamie Oliver overcame their dyslexia to create successful businesses.

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Date: 02 August 2021 by max robinson