Are you the parent of a child who you suspect may be dyslexic?
Do you know what symptoms to look out for? In this interview we discuss how to identify symptoms of dyslexia in your child, how to make reading more interesting and what the expert thinks about supplemental products like Hooked on Phonics.
I’ve sat down with Becki Conner to get some of your questions answered.
Ms. Conner holds a Masters Degree in Early Reading and Literacy and has been a General Educator for 17 years and the District Reading Specialist for over 6 years.
Mom Loves Baby: So we’ll just jump right into it. What are some symptoms or signs of dyslexia?
Becki Conner: One of the early signs of dyslexia is a difficulty with rhyming. Student can’t hear the rhyme or copy a rhyme when given a word like PIN (fin, bin, win, kin). Another sign may be a child who has a difficult time saying words like motorcycle, helicopter, or elephant. They scramble the sounds of these multisyllabic words. Not Being able to quickly and randomly name items is another quick signal that a child’s brain is having a hard time processing and recalling known information.
MLB: So what can a parent do who suspects their child may be dyslexic?
BC: Seek help! Early identification and intervention is KEY! Talk with your school district and your pediatrician. The news about Dyslexia is everywhere now. Most states have adopted Dyslexia Screening protocols and have set forth interventions for students who have been identified.
“One of the early signs of dyslexia is a difficulty with rhyming.”
Also, DO YOUR HOMEWORK. Parent involvement is a must. You are your child’s best and most important advocate. Don’t take NO for an answer. There are lots of great websites out there to help.
Florida Center for Reading Research (fcrr.org) is a great website for activities to download and make for school or home use. Reading Rockets (www.readingrockets.org) is a great resource for parents and teacher for information about reading, dyslexia, and a range of other topics (info in Spanish as well).
MLB: My child says reading is boring, do you have any tips to make it more
interesting for him?
BC: Find their passion, something they LOVE and have them start reading about it. If they love comic books, read comic books, if they are sports nuts- subscribe to Sports Illustrated Kids. I also STRONGLY recommend that Closed Caption be turned on every TV and device. They will get used to the words across the screen and they will read more than you think.
I used to let my son watch his 1/2 hour of TV but sound was on MUTE and CC was on! If he wanted to know what was happening, he had to read. He is dyslexic, by the way!
“Find their passion, something they LOVE and have them start reading about it.”
“You are your child’s best and most important advocate. Don’t take NO for an answer.”
“Students who are dyslexic fatigue quickly when reading. Make it fun and in shorter spurts.”
MLB: I read to my preschool age child on regular basis is there anything else I can be doing to set them up for success?
Cieara is a wife and mom of two, passionate about empowering parents to not just survive but thrive. She offers practical and expert advice on topics related to parenthood.