Does my Child have Dyslexia?

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This is not a simple question to answer! There is no single test for dyslexia.

If your child has difficulties reading, they don’t necessarily have dyslexia. Dyslexia is diagnosed by a psychologist who administers a number of tests and questionnaires to determine the reason for your child’s learning difficulties.

What we know about Dyslexia:

  • It is neurobiological in nature (ie the brain functions differently)
  • It is often hereditary- that is it runs in families.
  • Somewhere between 3-10% of the population have dyslexia.
  • People with dyslexia have reading difficulties that are significantly below that of their general intellectual functioning

People with dyslexia have the following difficulties:

  • Processing sounds in words (poor spelling & decoding)
  • Learning letter-sound association skills
  • Have poor reading & comprehension ability
  • Have poor short term auditory memory

How can I help my child with dyslexia?

Current research indicates that the only beneficial intervention to improve reading is a structured, sequential, phonics – based program of literacy instruction. It is this approach of explicit teaching and repetition of phonics based material that we use in our clinic that helps make lasting changes in our clients reading skills.

At Eastside Speech we provide individualised programs to help children with literacy problems. For more information about our Literacy, Reading & Spelling Specialised Programs for Children get in touch with one of our Speech Pathologists today on 02 9313 8980.