Making a difference in the lives of Children with dyslexia.
The Children's Dyslexia Center-Boston North is a non-profit, after school tutoring Center providing personalized, multisensory, structured literacy remediation to children with dyslexia in grades 2-12.
Symptoms and Markers For Dyslexia
Dyslexia can manifest itself in a number of ways and differently across a wide cross section of people. Symptoms vary from one child to another with age being a core mitigator. Generally, symptoms will present as issues with fluency and accuracy in basic reading and spelling skills.
A key sign that a child may be dyslexic is challenges with decoding words. Decoding refers to the ability to map sounds and letters that allow people to read fluently and with accuracy.
An underlying cause of the challenge to decode words is a concurrent struggle with a basic language skill called phonemic awareness which is the ability to recognize individual sounds in words. Markers indicating a problem with these skills can surface as early on as pre-school in some students.
However, it is common that these issues are not recognized until far later in a child's academic career. By that point other symptoms may be prevalent including difficulties with grammar, reading comprehension, reading fluency, sentence structure and more in-depth writing.
The impact of these symptoms as students struggle in school will often lead to lower self-esteem, a dislike of school, and feelings that they are not "smart enough." It is this consequence that is arguably the biggest negative marker for dyslexia, as it is well known that dyslexic children are among the most intelligent students.
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