Dyslexia: The importance of early intervention and where to get help
What is Dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a type of learning disability that hinders a child’s ability to process words/ numbers effectively and manipulating sounds in language. Because of this, children with dyslexia often finds it challenging when it comes to reading, spelling and writing tasks.
Some symptoms of dyslexia include:
1. Reversal of letters and numbers during reading and writing (‘b’ for ‘d’)
2. Difficulties in decoding and breaking down real and non-words
3. Difficulties in letter-to-sound correspondences
4. Disorganization of written work
Dyslexia can start to unveil itself at a young age. Therefore, it is important to not overlook this and seek the right treatment and early intervention to help your children with their learning disabilities.
To date, there are a myriad of reading programs that has been shown to help children with dyslexia:
1. The Lindamood-Bell Program
2. The Orton-Gillingham Approach
3. The Wilson Method
Besides the conventional approaches and intervention programmes, it is important to also find other ways and means to support children with their learning disabilities. For one, we can try and make learning a fun process by turning tasks into something interactive and engaging. Emotional support is also important as having dyslexia can often result in being frustrating, embarrassing and having low self-esteem.
In conclusion, dyslexia is prevalent in our society, which affect both children and adults. It is therefore important to recognize the symptoms early and have it treated as soon as possible. With the right kind of interventions, we can assist to develop the tools necessary to help them combat their learning disorder in the early stages and help alleviate their avoidance to task and self-esteem.