Testing a young child
Testing or assessment a young child for dyslexia or any other learning disability
If you suspect there is something with your child inform yourself about learning disabilities. "Make a first diagnose yourself" some of the early signs are easy recognizable.
The sooner you know the better. This prevents the child to receive the wrong labels and self-image. This wrong image can be a heavy burden throughout his live. See "The consequences of being misunderstood and receiving labels".
When a child has dyslexia or ADD it will never outgrow it, one can only alleviate the disadvantage of it.
By being informed at an early stage
- You are aware your child could have a learning disability.
- You are prepared to receive the news at the given time.
- This knowledge gives you insight into his or here learning style and needs.
- There is less chances the child receives the wrong self-image.
- Look for your child’s’ strengths as well as its' weaknesses.
- Concentrate on the child strengths. His or here positive characteristics without a denial of their weaknesses, so the child won’t lose it self-esteem.
- How to unlock their potential?
Keep in mind
- One will NOT outgrow his or her dyslexia or ADD.
- The older one gets the more time they had to learn all kind of tricks to camouflage the symptoms.
- The older one gets before diagnosed; the more changes of receiving the wrong labels from their environment.
- To reprogramming all this is easier said than done.
- And those experiences do not contribute to their self-esteem or self-image.
Especialy for dyslexia
- We are all different, and some children can lack the readiness for reading or writing at a certain age.
- It’s very normal for young children to reverse letters when learning to write, this by itself is no cause for concern.
- Some children aren't ready to read until age 8.
- Therefore, most testing programs start at the age of 7 to 8, and a lot of schools are reluctant to test children before third grade. Therefore it can be useful to make a first test yourself so you can keep in mind there is a possibility and follow it up yourself.
- Often parents are encouraged to wait until the child readiness and to see if the child will "outgrow" his or her reading, spelling, or writing difficulties.
- Therefore, if you spot other symptoms of dyslexia then the reading and the writing symptoms. And there are family members with dyslexia, there is a chances your child could have dyslexia.