Dyslexia is a language-based learning problem that impacts a child’s ability to read, write and spell. This specific learning disability is a neurological condition that tends to be carried through genetics. It’s not a reflection of the child being lazy, unwilling to learn or not intelligent enough – they can try their hardest but have difficulty both in and out of the classroom when it comes to learning.

The home doctor experts at House Call Doctor have put together a list of symptoms to look out for if you suspect your child may have dyslexia.

Reading

Mispronouncing words and reading slowly is a common symptom of dyslexia in children. Dyslexia makes reading words on paper extremely difficult, meaning they often take longer than expected to complete reading tasks and will often try to avoid reading altogether.

Writing

If you notice your child is struggling with writing tasks or finding it hard to put their thoughts onto paper, it’s possible they may be suffering from dyslexia. Children with dyslexia may not only struggle to use the correct grammar and punctuation but may also have messy and slow handwriting. Words are often not formed properly, making what they’ve written illegible.

Spelling

Learning and remembering sequences is difficult for children with dyslexia. They will often misspell words and struggle to recall the order of letters in words. An obvious cue is when a child misspells the same word throughout a single piece of writing.

Numbers and maths

Similar to writing and spelling, children with dyslexia struggle with numbers. Maths is no easy task and they often get confused easily, especially if a math problem has multiple steps. If, with practice, their math skills aren’t improving, it’s possible your child may have dyslexia.

While there is no cure for dyslexia, there are ways you can minimise the impacts of dyslexia on your child’s leaning, self-esteem and day-to-day life. The after-hours bulk billing doctors at House Call Doctor recommend getting in touch with a GP to discuss a diagnosis and ways to alleviate the stress of dyslexia on your child.