Dyslexia in children, also called a specific reading disability, is the most common learning disability. Children with dyslexia have impairment with their ability to translate written images into meaningful language. As a result, children with dyslexia’s spoken language and writing can be impacted.
Dyslexia, if left untreated, may contribute to other social problems for children. Spotting dyslexia prior to a child starting school is challenging. Treatment for dyslexia begins with recognizing your child may not be progressing as expected in reading and writing ability. Once diagnosed, dyslexia treatment teaches children how to cope using educational tools and other methods.
Dyslexia’s Associated Disorders
Children who are diagnosed with dyslexia also sometimes struggle with other learning difficulties including:
- Dyscalculia – mathematical disability
- Dysgraphia – writing disability
- Dyspraxia – sensory integration disorder
- Gerstmann’s Syndrome – cognitive impairment as a result of brain damage in a specific area
- Language-Based Learning Disabilities – problems with age appropriate level in reading, writing, and/or spelling
In addition to these associated disorders, if left undiagnosed, a child with dyslexia could experience social problems such as anxiety, low self-esteem, and withdrawal from teachers, family and friends.
Symptoms of Dyslexia
According to The Mayo Clinic, it may be difficult to accurately diagnose dyslexia in children prior to the child starting school.
Pre-school Age Dyslexia Symptoms
These symptoms may arise in children prior to reaching school age:
- Difficulty with rhyming
- Delays with talking
- Learning words at a slower than normal pace
School Aged Dyslexia Symptoms
These symptoms may arise in children after they reach school age:
- Reading below the expected age level of the child
- Difficulty processing and understanding what is heard
- Difficulty following more than one prompt
- Seeing letters or words in reverse
- Difficulty spelling
- Difficulty with sequencing
- Difficulty with pronunciation
Causes of Dyslexia
According to the Mayo Clinic, dyslexia has been linked to a gene and consequently seems to be an inherited condition.
Commonality of Dyslexia
According to The National Assessment of Educational Progress, one in five students, or 15-20% of the population, have a language-based learning disability. Dyslexia in children is probably the most common of the language-based learning disabilities.
Diagnosis of Dyslexia
The diagnosis of dyslexia is often made through a comprehensive psychoeducational academic assessment. This type of assessment helps with accurate diagnosis, which in turn, helps a family establish appropriate school and home-based recommendations.
Equilibria Kids in Philadelphia conduct comprehensive learning disability testing for dyslexia diagnosis, along with other learning disorders affecting a child or teen’s academic performance.
At Equilibria Kids in Philadelphia, we offer comprehensive dyslexia treatment services to help children and adolescents turn their learning differences into strengths.
Dyslexia treatment includes Group and individual programs focused on:
- Helping children and adolescents enhance their classroom performance
- Teaching children how to self-advocate in the classroom
- Recognizing and using strengths to build children’s learning abilities
- Increasing children’s self-esteem and confidence
- Improving children’s social and behavior skills
Schedule An Appointment
If you would like to meet or talk with one of our child psychologists or therapists in Philadelphia about our dyslexia treatment services, please call us at (267) 861-3685, option 1; or fill out our online form.