Australian Dyslexia Association Inc.(ADA) - Solutions for those who learn differently

Identifying dyslexia


When can dyslexia be identified?

Dyslexia will normally become apparent during the early years of schooling, when a child shows an unexplained difficulty in reading despite having all the skills, such as intelligence and verbal ability, which are necessary to read. Even though dyslexia can become apparent in the early years many children are not identified and an evaluation may not be done until adulthood.

How does an unidentified child cope with dyslexia at school?

Many unidentified children develop coping strategies both positive and negative, which can disguise dyslexia. Most children with dyslexia have to work much harder than their peers to remember and apply classroom information. Some children with dyslexia pretend to be less intelligent than they actually are,this is a negative coping strategy.

Research on early identification:

The earlier a child with dyslexia charactertistics is identified the sooner that child can be directed to effective instruction for their specific need. A child identified earlier and assisted without the extra burden of the secondary effects setting in, which can include; low self esteem, frustration, loss of motivation for learning, social and emotional issues including attentional difficulties.

What can you do:

Learn about the common characteristics of dyslexia, trust your gut feelings and do something about it.Effective screening for dyslexia will tell you a lot about the type of teaching your child requires.If you feel that your child is displaying symptoms of dyslexia, do not listen if someone says, "They will grow out of it" or "All children progress at their own rate". No one grows out of dyslexia and time is valuable when it comes to dyslexia and a child's postive self esteem. See "Could it be dyslexia" for common characteristics.

ADA Pre Assessment Screening

ADA can provide an accessible and affordable pre assessment to gauge whether the difficulties may be due to an underlying nature reflective of a dyslexia profile. This ADA service is in place to avoid the following;

1. Children and adults being unnecessarily tested

2. Paying high prices upfront for full assessments

Schools have a responsibility so let's work together

The ADA offers information on the best practices for the identification of dyslexia and reading difficulties. The ADA work within a system which encourages a partnership between ADA services and the school. Please do not spend loads of dollars on any external report/s which offer no evidence based educational treatment. Remember there are no quick fixes for literacy difficulties and the earlier a child is identified the better! Contact ADA, so that we can work with you and your child's school first.

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