by Caleb Hannah
An overwhelming number of new cases is increasing every year in high school students who have dyslexia. Many parents are scratching their heads and asking themselves, how did I miss this? How after all this time in grade school a teacher or administrator didn’t bring this to my attention? As studies are showing us, it’s becoming more and more common in this age group. The warning signs are there, we’re just mistaking them for common social idiocrasies. Ignoring these signs could be detrimental to a teens ability to adjust to dyslexia and ultimately hindering this educational path after high school.
Do you think you’re funny, but your kid doesn’t? Ever heard them say “I don’t get it?”
Maybe you’re not out of sync with the next generation as much as you think you are. Studies show that someone with Dyslexia challenges the way they interoperate all kinds of speaking/languages. This means that jokes or metaphorical language can be complex concepts for the person to understand. At school when it comes to old proverbs or expressions, this can hinder a student from engaging in real learning discussions.
Your kid never raises their hand in class. Are they bored or is there another reason you’re overlooking?
Let’s get real, unless you’re a teacher’s pet you don’t want to answer your math teachers’ question. But what if there’s another reason? Sometimes it comes down to dyslexia hindering the kid from finding the right words and, more importantly, communicating them in a rational and structured way. At home, it could be as simple as stammering, unable to find the right word in a sentence.
Go this way, no go that way! Is a sense of direction really an indication? The simple answer is yes!
If your kid has problems deciding on going left and right, it’s a real tell-tell. You should have picked up on this early but, believe it or not, a growing number of teens are developing issues with certain concepts as simple as "over", "under", "in" or "?ut”. Their navigation skills may be depleted before your eyes. In school, they could have problems interoperating graphs and charts.
"Kalimera" means "Good Morning" in Greek. Or, is it “It’s just all Greek to Me”?
When we say, “it’s all Greek to me”, what we’re saying is that we don’t understand. Learning a language at school and at an early age is harder ten-fold when you have dyslexia. This is based on the same studies that show us how hard it is for kids/teens to write in their own language, making it even harder to learn the new language. Your child may have a genuine interest in learning a new language. But if you find they’ve lost the fascination with it instantly, this could be a sign that you should talk to their teacher.
So if anything of the above rings a bell to you, have a frank discussion with your child and an education specialist. Dyslexia is not a disability, as long as it is properly and promptly diagnosed and treated.
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