Refrain from writing your child off as lazy or slow. Geetha Shantha Ram, director of MOE-aided DAS Literacy Programme & Staff Professional Development advises parents to “embrace dyslexia completely” and be fully aware of what their kid is struggling with.
Instead of adopting the “wait and see” approach, she also advises seeking professional help early if you notice any warning signs.
There is currently no cure for dyslexia. Neither will your child “outgrow” his learning difference. But it is possible for him to cope and do well in school with the right strategies, says clinical psychologist Vyda S Chai of Think Psychological Services.
Research has shown that intervention is most effective when given at an earlier age, at six years old rather than at nine, adds Dr Hugh Catts, professor and director of the School of Communication Science and Disorders at Florida State University.
If you wait too long, it becomes more challenging to help the child cope with their learning issues.
“Moreover, by the time you wait until the kid is older, he would have missed out on opportunities to acquire vocabulary and knowledge from books,” says Dr Catts, who has spoken on the topic at a talk organised by DAS.
The DAS conducts free screening tests. If you suspect that Junior has dyslexia, you can send him for a screener to see if he needs additional support, says Geetha. But note that your child can only be diagnosed after he is exposed to reading and writing.
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