Choosing the Best School If Your Child Has Dyslexia

First off, what is dyslexia? Dyslexia, in layman’s terms is a specific learning disorder that affects the neurons. It’s very common, with approximately 20% of the population having the disorder. What’s more, some people can lead their adult lives not knowing that they’re dyslexic. Although this disability can be observed as early as pre-school age, other cases are more difficult to diagnose, and thus treat.
Since we are not built with comprehensive reading skills, what our brain does is actually piece together all the letters, combinations, and the sounds of the letter or word. Dyslexia impairs the brain from doing these functions thus, dyslexic people find it challenging to read and spell. The effects of dyslexia can actually branch out to little to no sense of direction, inability to read maps, and difficulty with numbers. In more extreme cases of dyslexia, the affected person even find it hard to differentiate right from left and cannot understand symbols in speech.
The symptoms of dyslexia are very subtle and historically speaking, when a child had dyslexia back in the day, he was labeled “dumb” and was sent to stare at the corner of the room for a time-out. A child can be dyslexic without parents noticing until adulthood. In truth, dyslexics are neither dumb nor are they slow learners; they usually excel at activities that don’t involve language skills like design, or even art.
If you are a new parent and are not sure if your child is dyslexic, try asking your child if he or she is having trouble with learning new materials. Is your child branded as a troublemaker? Does your child also have an unusual level of hyperactivity? If this is the case, then it’s likely that your child is indeed dyslexic.
Though dyslexia is usually thought of as something that is caused by a combination of pathological conditions, there are various theories formulated by experts and health researchers are now getting a close answer as to what really causes the condition. Though there are many theories geared towards obtaining the source or sources of dyslexia, none of them have been proven yet, but they do share a common ground-it’s a problem that starts in the central nervous system.
As dyslexia is now widely recognized, there are schools that offer special services to cater, or at the very least, try to remedy the learning curve of people who have dyslexia. Some schools even have the textbooks recorded so that students with the disability can just listen to them instead of reading them.
Since dyslexia will definitely vary from one person to another, you will need to make sure that the school you choose has specialists, and not just teachers. Specialists are obviously much more capable at helping your child since they have the knowledge and experience to back them up. Try to search for specialist Dyslexia Schools in your area as these will be able to offer the most support
There are also support groups that help dyslexic students and many of them can be found online. This will not only help your child cope with the disability but also boost his or her confidence knowing that they are not alone and that there are people willing to do anything so they can lead a normal life just like everyone else.

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