Diagnosing Dyslexia
Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Dyslexia can go undetected in the early grades of schooling. This can be frustrating for children and parents alike. Dr. Edward Hill shares some of the signs of dyslexia in younger children in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

Dyslexia is usually diagnosed during elementary school. In some cases, the dyslexia doesnít become apparent until the child is older and is attempting to learn grammar and syntax and to read longer and more complex material.

Many children with dyslexia are not properly identified for several years. This creates a bigger reading problem and a drop in self-esteem. For these reasons, it is important to recognize dyslexia symptoms early in elementary school, and begin appropriate reading instruction right away.

In preschool and elementary school children, some signs of dyslexia include difficulty with:

* Learning to talk

* Pronouncing longer words

* Rhyming

* Learning the alphabet, days of the weeks, colors, shapes and numbers

* Learning to read and write his or her name

* Learning the connection between letters and sounds

Ā Handwriting and fine-motor coordination

Children who struggle with learning to talk as preschoolers also are at higher risk for dyslexia. Pediatricians often know the signs of dyslexia and can guide families to proper help.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.