Dyslexia is a specific learning difference. Children with dyslexia have trouble reading and writing, and often fall behind their peers as they progress through the earlier grades. Dyslexia can cause children to experience problems learning letter sounds and have trouble with reading single words, such as flash cards. Children may have trouble spelling and read very slowly, with many mistakes.
Dyslexia is highly hereditary. If someone in your family has dyslexia, then there is a higher than average chance that your child may develop it. Dyslexia is a difference in the way the brain works, and processes languages. It is not necessarily a deficit, in fact people with dyslexia are often great problem solvers and have active, inquiring minds.
A trained professional can diagnose dyslexia, and help treat the symptoms that can make learning difficult. They can suggest and plan strategies to help your child get the most out of school and move smoothly through life with as few hiccups as possible. Margaret McDonald has had over thirty years’ experience helping children and adults with learning disabilities. To make an appointment to see Margaret, phone the office on 3862 8833.