Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up. – Stephan Hawking
Dyslexia is an disorder where a person is unable to recognize the word or language, have very poor grammar abilities and do not have normal clarity of thoughts while talking to others. Because of these they severely lack in their vocabulary, choice of words, their interest in reading, and thus feel the effect on their intellectual growth, achievement skills, and self-esteem. For readers information there are various types of dyslexia, caused either through genes, brain development or brain injury.
Its severity ranges from meek to harsh, and is one of the most common learning disorders. Thus, the pressing need to identify it at the earliest and provide treatment to correct it is significant. Unfortunately due to need of extensive awareness it goes off unnoticed during primary schooling. We need to catch it early least the child is frustrated and depressed because he/she does not have the necessary skill-sets to learn and study. This disorder caused by brains inability to process distinct units of sounds which make words causes total lack of interest in studies. The child fairs badly in exams not because of lack of intellect but because of this imbalance.
One can also detect this disorder early by carefully observing the parents. Because, it is known that usually parents who are dyslexic have dyslexic children. The advantages of early detection and interventions can never be over emphasized. The earlier you catch it, the earlier you can treat it and bring the child at par with normal functioning children.
A school or teacher should get alert if a child shows signs and symptoms of delayed early language development, difficulty recognizing the differences between similar sounds, very slow learning of new vocabulary words, difficulty copying from the board or a book, difficulty with learning reading, writing, and spelling skills, difficulty remembering things he/she has read and/or heard, difficulty playing organized sports, difficulty with recognition of left and right, parts of words or sentences may be missing etc. Because of these they may become withdrawn and appear to be depressed, may throw tantrums, interrelationships may be strained, children may lose their interest in school-related activities and appear to be lazy.
Remedial treatments for dyslexia include behavioral counseling, behavioral modification, educational counseling etc. It is important to understand that each kid has his own set of problems and the same measures may not work for all. It is important that the parents and teachers are aware of the signs and symptoms of dyslexia, so that they can take an immediate action as soon as they observe that there is something wrong with the child. Parents and teachers should stay in touch and make sure that the child is not isolated. Teachers should give more time to such students to complete their tests. Parents and teachers should continuously praise the positive aspects of such a child. The child should not be forced to do things which may embarrass him/her. Both parents and teachers should understand problems from the child’s point of view and hold on to a great deal of patience. If none of these works then take medical help to alleviate the symptoms.
The kids who need the most love will ask for it in the most unloving ways. Never shun from showering them with love.