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With the prominent teaching and learning practices of schools today, the need for reading proficiency to attain academic success cannot be overly emphasized. Children deal with words every day. As early as elementary or preschool years, they are expected to be able to read instructions and do what they say, to read stories and retell, to learn new words and spell.
But what if reading becomes a barrier?
What if a child has dyslexia?

Symptoms of dyslexia are difficult to pinpoint before a child enters school. However, once a child starts schooling, symptoms may become more noticeable. With reference to Sally Shaywitz’ Overcoming Dyslexia plus the studies done by Teacher Vicki Arioder of Instant Reader™, below are some signs recognizable on children with dyslexia.

1. Difficulty learning the letters in the alphabet

2. Inability to recognize patterns like cat, bat, rat

3. Slow and awkward reading

4. Persistent baby talk

5. Difficulty in retaining information discussed orally

6. Extreme fatigue when reading

7. Confusion with mirror-imaged letters and numbers like b-d and 6-9
The following photos show outputs of some Grade 3-6 children during an assessment done by the Instant Reader team. The children were diagnosed with mild to severe dyslexia after further assessments.

Task. Write the alphabet, capital and small letters, in the correct order

Task: Encircle all was

Task: Write the time

Dyslexia is incurable, but it can be overcome. Early identification and intervention are crucial to helping dyslexics manage their difficulty and achieve success both in school and in life. For more information, contact a dyslexia expert.