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Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty in which a person has difficulties with language and words such as reading and spelling. Having dyslexia is not a reflection of intelligence and more often than not children can achieve well in other areas if they are given the correct support. A good example of the kind of support a dyslexic child might need would be conducting tests orally or giving the child audio tapes to learn from.
Some of the symptoms of dyslexia in a preschool and primary age child could include:
Although these symptoms are known to be linked with specific learning disorders such as dyslexia, it is still quite difficult to diagnose unless the problem is severe. If you are concerned about your child it is important to seek advice from specialist educational psychologists or speech therapists that can test a range of factors including vocabulary, language processing, and literacy skills.
The exact cause of dyslexia is unknown, but there are theories supporting a neurological basis or a genetic link. Some of the reading and writing difficulties dyslexic individuals face may also be partly caused or enhanced by contributing factors such as:
There is no cure for learning disorders, however various treatment options can be specialised to help your child reach their full potential. Some treatments include: