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Dyslexia in children

“Why can my child talk in detail about dinosaurs yet put nothing onto a piece of paper?”
This is the sort of question, which makes parents ask if their child might be dyslexic.

 

Our Helpline receives many calls from parents, who feel that they are not getting enough support for their struggling child in school. Parents understand their children best and are often the first to realise that something is not quite right.

 

We always recommend in the first instance that the parent goes to the school SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) for help, but often the parent is still left not knowing if dyslexia is the cause of their child’s difficulty.

 

Frustrated child

Common responses from school include:

 

  • “We don’t like to label children”
  • “she’s too young to assess”
  • “there are others worse than your son”
  • “we don’t have the resources to do more”

 

The Dyslexia Association believes¬†that it is really important to look for the causes of difficulty in a child who is struggling. If the nature of the child’s difficulties and their strengths are understood, it will be possible for schools to use the available resources as effectively as possible to meet individual needs. The dyslexia ‘label’ certainly does not have to have negative connotations.

 

Signs of dyslexia

There are a number of possible indicators or signs of dyslexia.

Signs of dyslexia

Talking to school

As a parent, you will be aware of your child’s difficulties in the classroom. If you can describe all the difficulties that you think your child experiences, you are quite likely to reach some agreement with the school.

How to talk to school