Does my child have dyslexia? This is a question I have been exploring with my 8-year-old. From the time he was born I have read aloud to him. As soon as he was old enough to start grasping letters I began attempting to teach him to read. I continue to attempt to teach him to read.
Reading has played a major role in my life. It is one of my true passions and I want my son to embrace the wonderful world of reading. Unfortunately, he is not developing that love. He struggles with reading and writing every day. It’s difficult, because, from the time he started kindergarten to present day which is half way through 2nd grade, I keep telling myself he would get over the hump. What has happened is that both of our frustration levels have increased and I have had to take a hard look at what is really going on.
In the majority of schools, they don’t start looking for or classifying dyslexia until 3rd grade. In my opinion, this is too late. My son is already struggling with the writing assignments in the 2nd grade. I have hired a tutor who specializes in dyslexia and after a few sessions, she hasn’t determined whether he has dyslexia or not. She is leaning toward him not having it but hasn’t ruled it out. So we move forward hopeful that we can get him confident in his reading and writing. It is an uphill climb for sure.
I found a great resource I want to pass along if you might be in the same situation. Follow this link to learn about the warning signs of age. This site is also an overall dyslexia resource site and I have found the content useful.