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December 09, 2023

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Professionals Urge Parents to Consider Dyslexia Testing

With October being National Dyslexia Awareness Month, here's a few tips from the professionals on how to identify early signs in children.

Dyslexia is the most common learning disability, with an estimated one in five Americans affected, according to the International Dyslexia Association. That’s why healthcare professionals are urging parents to educate themselves on the signs of dyslexia and to consider testing children who are showing these signs as the 2023 school year begins.  

Roughly 14% of students aged 14-21 with a learning disability dropped out of school, a significantly higher rate than the overall high school dropout rate of 5.2%, according to the most recent data available from the National Center for Education Statistics. 

However, healthcare experts claim there is still a disturbing lack of knowledge about the condition, hindering students from receiving the support they need to succeed.  

“Early detection and intervention can drastically improve students’ chances for academic success. However, because it is so complex, many parents lack an understanding of the disorder and how it can present itself in different ways. People often associate dyslexia with symptoms like seeing letters backward or flipping words in a sentence, but it can be so much more than that.”

Here are the common signs of dyslexia in children and encourage parents who are concerned about their child’s reading or speaking abilities to see a professional.  

Signs of Dyslexia in Children: 

  1.      Spends an unusual amount of time attempting to read or write something  
  2.      Avoids reading or writing activities or tasks 
  3.      Makes frequent mistakes when reading, especially when reading aloud
  4.      Struggles to learn new words or to find the right words to use when speaking 
  5.      Reverses sounds when speaking  
  6.      Reads below age level 
  7.      Struggles to remember sequences and numbers but has excellent long-term memory for experiences and faces 
  8.      Has trouble learning rhymes 
  9.      Has increased difficulty completing worded math problems 
  10.      Struggles with multi-step instructions 

Visit ProCare Therapy for more information on dyslexia, including the signs, symptoms, and misconceptions of the disorder. 

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Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.