Some kids though smart and hardworking, find it difficult to read, comprehend and write legibly like other kids. This is as a result of a reading disability called Dyslexia. It is a disorder of the brain that makes kids struggle with understanding speech sounds and reading and writing letters or numbers. It is important to note that not all kids suffering from reading difficulties have dyslexia. Inappropriate or insufficient teaching especially during the early stages of education can lead to a child having reading difficulty.
A lot of parents get frustrated raising kids with dyslexia especially if not tackled properly. The good news is that there are lots of people that have become successful despite this disorder. A lot of famous and successful writers, doctors, business tycoons, scientists are suffering from Dyslexia. Understanding dyslexia, its causes and symptoms, will make it easier to help your child succeed.
What Is Dyslexia
People that suffer from dyslexia are called Dyslexics. A lot of people misunderstand kids with dyslexia and believe them to be lazy or dummies, some think dyslexia is a disease. This is not true. Dyslexia does not mean that the child is lazy rather it is a disorder of the brain that makes reading very difficult. It is often associated with other learning disorders like Dysgraphia, Developmental Coordinating disorder, Auditory Processing disorder and ADHD. Most dyslexic children become frustrated and tend to have low self-esteem or complex issues because they cannot read at the same level as other kids their age. Some of them become unhappy as they are often mocked at school by other children.
One unique thing about dyslexics is that they are often very creative and talented. All they need is to have understanding parents and teachers who can give them more time and various techniques to learn and make them feel loved. If you have ever read any of the Captain Underpants books; a compilation of funny stories, you will agree with me that dyslexics are talented. The author of that book, Dav Pilkey is a dyslexic. So are John Lennon, Scott Adams and so many others. If you have a dyslexic child, do not ever give up on him or her, rather be more patient and give them more attention and you will be happy to see your child become a successful adult.
Causes of Dyslexia
A lot of people have asked this question? Let’s take a look at a few things that could cause dyslexia.
Heredity: Dyslexia can be inherited from parents. It runs in families. This is to say that if your child is dyslexic, there is a possibility of a relative or one of your grandchildren having dyslexia.
Anatomy of the brain: Researchers have proven that dyslexics are talented and creative but their brain seems to need extra time to comprehend letters because the makeup of their brain is different from that of other kids. For instance, it is the brain that helps us to read and understand the words we see; however, the part of the brain in dyslexics responsible for this does not work in the same way as that of other people.
Dyslexia might be seen in people with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
Although dyslexia is more predominant in kids, stroke or brain injury can also cause an adult to develop dyslexia.
Symptoms of dyslexia
Some people have more severe dyslexia than others. Some might not have difficulty in reading while in kindergarten but as the school work becomes more complicated they tend to be destabilized and might lose focus. The symptoms seen may differ from one child to the next.
Dyslexia makes some people have difficulty expressing themselves, while others might not understand spoken words properly. The symptoms listed below are common among dyslexics. Your dyslexic child might not exhibit all these characteristics but you may notice many of the traits listed below.
- Inconsistency: The only constant thing about dyslexics is that they are always inconsistent.
- They appear to be smart but find it difficult to read or write legibly.
- Difficulty with long term memory.
- Most but not all dyslexics have low self-esteem. Dyslexia can affect your child’s social life negatively. Inability to comprehend and read properly like other children can make your child withdraw from friends.
- They learn better by experimentation or observation.
- They are easily distracted.
- Dyslexics have problems with time management.
- They have difficulties with spelling
Nutritional Supplements To Aid Dyslexia
Research has proven that Essential Fatty Acids can help dyslexia. Dyslexics have an abnormal way of processing essential fatty acids which leads to difficulty in reading and writing. Taking lots of fatty acid supplements can help to improve the composition and function of the brain cells.
Omega3-fats: Omega3 from fish is one of the most important nutrients for children with dyslexia. It feeds the brain, increases blood flow to the brain and increases cognitive ability.
Royal jelly: Contains necessary vitamins and minerals.
Bee pollen: A good source of B vitamins.
Ginkgo Biloba: Ginkgo is a very beneficial herb that increases the circulation in the brain and enhances oxygen utilization thereby improving memory, concentration and other cognitive abilities.
Zinc, calcium, magnesium, vitamin c and vitamin B complex are also beneficial nutrients for assisting with dyslexia. All of these can be found in Multivitamin/mineral formulas.
Holistic Lifestyle Approaches That Can Help Dyslexia
Dyslexia as we earlier said, is not a disease, it is a reading disorder and with proper assistance your child will be able to keep up with academics and do well in school. The truth is that what works for one child might not work for another. As a parent, you have to use various methods and with a little experimenting you can figure out the perfect methods through which you child can improve and excel. Here are some holistic strategies that could help your child.
- Use of audio books. You can help improve your child’s reading and writing skills by trying out different methods which includes the use of audio books and tapes. Audio books will help improve the comprehension of dyslexics
- You can also try getting involved in dyslexia groups where you will be able to talk with other parents and see what things they are trying.
- There are also multisensory methods of teaching.
- Teaching dyslexic children in a very quiet environment and providing a conducive environment for learning can also be of benefit.
- Using a gradual teaching method that does not progress to quickly can be very helpful as well as implementing flash cards with individual bold letters.
In conclusion, dyslexia is just a disorder and not a disease; with proper diagnosis, hard work and support from parent, relatives, teachers and friends, dyslexics can become very successful in anything they wish to do.