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Research tells us that approximately 1 child in 20 has dyslexia. This means that there is likely to be at least one child in every class who displays the pattern of strengths and weaknesses characteristic of dyslexia. Do you have a young child who puzzles you, displaying well-developed skills and abilities in some areas and unexpected difficulties in others? Complete this checklist to determine if that child could be at-risk of dyslexia.
Published in SPELD SA Autumn 2003 Newsletter
Dyslexic children typically have well-developed oral language skills but display specific speech problems, such as:
A child who appears bright and capable and displays many of these difficulties may be at-risk for dyslexia. However, it is important to remember that the levels of development and speed of learning in early childhood differ significantly for each child. For this reason psychologists tend not to formally diagnose dyslexia until a child is 7 years of age or older.
Nevertheless, much can be done at this young age to prevent later difficulties. A good starting point is a comprehensive assessment by an educational psychologist who will identify cognitive strengths and weaknesses and make recommendations to help address identified difficulties. A psychologist will also suggest other specialists if appropriate (e.g., speech pathologists, occupational therapist, tutor, etc.).
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