How does early identification and intervention help dyslexics?

​​The earlier dyslexia or reading difficulties are identified and effectively addressed, the greater the chances that your child will be able to manage their difficulty and keep up with the school’s curriculum.

 

Very importantly, by making it possible to address dyslexia, you can prevent behaviors and difficulties that could otherwise chip away at your child’s self-esteem.

The question remains, why is early intervention so important for children with dyslexia and reading difficulties?

8 in 10

dyslexic children are not diagnosed during their school years

Source: All-Party Parliamentary Group for Dyslexia and other SpLDs, Oct. 2019

Dyslexia is unfortunately very easy to miss until after children have transitioned from the process of ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to learn’, impacting their comprehension abilities as well as how well they are able to acquire knowledge through reading. 

Reading comprehension is key to everything your child will do at school until the end of secondary school. Struggles with reading or writing will negatively impact their ability to learn, to take exams, and would require comparatively more work and effort from them in the long run.

 

If they don’t receive any intervention or support, their learning gap may continue to worsen as they progress through school, so you may want to reduce reading and writing difficulties early in order to limit or reduce its impact on other subjects.

Reading is an acquired skill. In order to learn how to read effectively, children who experience difficulties with written language need to learn and train using the right tools and methods to assimilate the relationships between what letters and words look like, and what they sound like.

 

Experts often emphasize ‘the earlier, the better’ because early intervention can encourage a more positive change at a faster pace than an intervention that is provided later on. 

However, it is important to remember that it is never too late to start intervention. What is essential is to act as soon as you catch it. 

The impact of dyslexia on self-esteem, and mental well-being

Struggles with reading not only impacts a child’s school performance. It also has an effect on their emotional well-being.

 

At a young age, children’s reluctance to read may be misinterpreted as laziness or lack of motivation to learn, which is why it is so important for parents to identify if there is a certain pattern in the difficulties their child is experiencing. 

Children with reading difficulties, including those that have not or not yet been diagnosed with dyslexia, are often discouraged by how their reading capabilities compare to their peers, leading to self-doubt and low-self confidence that may continue to impact them later on in their life. 

Source: All-Party Parliamentary Group for Dyslexia and other SpLDs, Oct. 2019

88%

of parents said their child has poor self-esteem because of their dyslexia

In fact, according to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Dyslexia and other SpLDs, 88 percent of parents have said their child has poor self-esteem because of their dyslexia.

 

This can cause your child to be demotivated at school. Early intervention for dyslexia and reading difficulties can be the best way for children to develop self-confidence and learn to enjoy reading, both of which would provide and build up a positive learning environment for your child. 

It is important to understand your child’s experiences with reading difficulties, and to act fast. The longer you wait, the more likely your child could face a widening learning gap with every school year, which has the potential to hinder their academic performance further, as well as damage their self-esteem.

We built the GoLexic programme as a method of remediation for any level of reading difficulty, so you don’t need to wait for a dyslexia diagnosis to get started with an intervention programme.

It is designed to help children of primary school age and upwards, and is personalised to meet your child’s individual learning needs. You can find our reading and spelling app on the UK iOS App Store, download now for a free two-week trial. 

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The journey from identification to diagnosis

Here is what you can expect:

Suspicions and identification - at this stage you may notice some small signs of reading difficulties (see previous page for a detailed list of different signs you can expect to see at different ages). 

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Talking to teachers about your concerns - Your child’s teachers will be in a good position to confirm your concerns about your child, as they can compare their performance to that of their peers. If they don’t notice anything wrong, but you are certain there is something to be investigated, consider contacting the school or the school’s Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) to discuss your concerns. as well. 

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Looking for assessment opportunities - an official dyslexia assessment can be difficult to get, especially within a timely manner. Check out our article on what you can expect and how you can prepare for a dyslexia assessment. A school doesn't need a formal diagnosis to put support in place for your child, but a diagnostic assessment can help to ensure that the appropriate interventions are put in place. It can be difficult to figure out where to start, that's why the GoLexic App offers a personalised programme for your child which focuses on training essential skills for reading everyday in small and structured portions.

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Getting the assessment - the aim of the assessment is to identify our child’s individual learning style, to gather information about their reading, spelling and writing skills, to determine whether there is a clear difference between general level of ability and their reading and writing attainment, to consider other factors which may be affecting learning, and to identify whether any adjustments will need to be made to ensure your child has sufficient support to fully access the curriculum and exams.

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Diagnosed with dyslexia - a dyslexia diagnosis helps you move forward by providing you with concrete information about what your child’s weaknesses and strengths are, which you can then use to determine, together with your child’s school, what the right type of support for them is. 

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Not diagnosed with dyslexia - even without a dyslexia diagnosis, most schools will provide support for children who struggle with reading in comparison to their peers. Dyslexia remediation methods can also help with reading difficulties of all levels, so there are still ways to remedy difficulties with reading.