While dyslexia is commonly associated with learning difficulties, you can deal with much more than just having trouble reading and writing. Dyslexia is usually noticed when your child starts school and begins to learn to read and write, but there are other factors / symptoms that you can look out for if you are concerned that you or your child may be dyslexic.
Dyslexia is genetic, so if you or your parents are dyslexic, chances are your children are too, and while it will always be a part of your (or your) life, if diagnosed, it can be easily remedied with methods correct teaching, the support of teachers and the family some adjustments in their learning methods.
Unfortunately, there is still the misconception that dyslexic people have below average intelligence, this is far from the truth; As many have an average, if not higher, intelligence level, it is often about the child or adult learning a new way of understanding what could be a common problem for others.
There is no dominant factor in determining whether you or your child are dyslexic, some show certain tendencies while others suffer from other problems. While the list below is by no means a comprehensive guide, if you are concerned that you or your child may be dyslexic, it will show a few characteristics to look out for. If you recognize some of these signs in yourself or your children, it is important to arrange a professional test, as there are many different problems and treatments associated with dyslexia.
Some common signs of dyslexia
Transposition of letters or numbers or inversion of letters / numbers (d for b or 6 for 9).
Often omit or add words when reading.
You have trouble determining left and right.
When your child is dressing, they may put their clothes backwards or backwards.
You have trouble with the sequences.
They are often clumsy or uncoordinated.
You may have a short-term memory problem but an above-average long-term memory.
They are often very good at work or school work.
They often have trouble concentrating on homework (easily distracted) and managing time, or have difficulty organizing things.
Handwriting can often seem rushed.
These are just a few of the more common symptoms, although they are not always indicative of dyslexia.
If you discover that you (or your child) are dyslexic, always remember that there is plenty of help available. Talk to a trained professional who can offer you many different techniques, from tinted lenses to alternative approaches to learning, to help you overcome any learning difficulties you may have. Even as an adult, it is never too late to start.