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    Having challenges with dyslexia, dysgraphia or dyscalculia can be tough on kids. Some think they’re not smart because they’re struggling when most kids aren’t. But having trouble reading, writing or with math doesn’t mean kids aren’t smart. That’s just one of the many myths about these learning differences.

    Kids who struggle often feel like they’re the only ones. Let your child know that these are very common learning difference, and that many kids need extra help learning to read. The good news is that there are successful ways to teach children that struggle with these differences, and skills can improve.

    If you think your child has dyslexia, dysgraphia or dyscalculia, we can help. Please fill out an application or call GRASP.

     

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    Dyslexia Facts

     

    Signs of Dyslexia

     

     

    Signs of Dyslexia in Preschool

    • Mispronounces words, like saying “beddy tear” instead of “teddy bear”

    • Struggles to name familiar objects and uses general words like thing and stuff instead

    • Has a hard time learning nursery rhymes or song lyrics that rhyme

    • Has trouble remembering sequences, like singing the letters of the alphabet

    • Tells stories that are hard to follow; has trouble talking about an event in a logical order

    • Has difficulty remembering and following directions with multiple steps

     

    Signs of Dyslexia in Grades K–2

    • Has trouble learning letter names and remembering the sounds they make

    • Often confuses letters that look similar (bdpq) and letters with similar sounds (d/tb/pf/v)

    • Struggles to read familiar words (like cat or the), especially if there aren’t pictures

    • Substitutes words when reading aloud, like saying house when the story says home

    • Has trouble hearing the individual sounds in words and blending sounds to make a word

    • Has trouble remembering how words are spelled and applying spelling rules in writing

     

    Signs of Dyslexia in Grades 3–5

    • Confuses or skips small words like for and of when reading aloud

    • Has trouble sounding out new words and quickly recognizing common ones

    • Struggles to explain what happened in a story or answer questions about key details

    • Frequently makes the same kinds of mistakes, like reverse letters

    • Has poor spelling; may spell the same word correctly and incorrectly in the same exercise

    • Avoids reading whenever possible or gets frustrated or upset when reading

     

    Signs of Dyslexia in Teens and Tweens

    • Reads slowly, leaving out small words and parts of longer words when reading aloud

    • Struggles to remember common abbreviations, including ones on social media

    • Often seems to be searching for words; may use substitutes like gate instead of fence

    • Often dpesn't get jokes; has trouble understanding idioms and puns

    • Has an easier time answering questions about a page of text if it’s read aloud

    • Takes a very long time to complete reading assignments

     
     Reprinted from Understood.org