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Understanding Childhood Dyslexia


Understanding Childhood Dyslexia

Greg Snyder, Ph.D.​
Boys Town Center for Behavioral Health

​When parents hear dyslexia or developmental reading disorder they are synonymous with each other. What it relates to is this inability, like you said, to read fluently and comprehend information, written language, at an age appropriate level.

Does dyslexia also affect speech?

Speech and language disorders, there is a strong relationship between the presence of a speech and language disorder and the likelihood of disturbed reading development but one does not imply the other.

At what age are children identified as having dyslexia?

We are able to see it, assess it and identify it at kindergarten or first grade. Typically, second, third and fourth is when they're identified by the school and that's due to chronic failure, chronic struggling in the classroom setting or poor progression.

Will a child always have dyslexia?

Yes, they always will have a reading disorder and it's never going to make reading easy for them. It's always going to be a challenging process.

What can parents do to keep their child on their academic plan?

The most dangerous association that kids will make is that belief that education isn't fun. That school isn't fun. Once that's made, once that's engrained it's really tough to shake. So, keeping the homework environment light and keeping any remediation program a part of their daily homework but also making it fun.​

​​Greg Snyder, Ph.D. is a licensed Psychologist with Boys Town Center for Behavioral Health. Dr. Snyder offers helpful information on childhood dyslexia.