Speech Therapy

What Is Mild Dyslexia? – An Overview

When searching for different learning disabilities I came across an interesting term that intrigued me and I ended up looking for it further. The term was ‘Mild Dyslexia’. To my surprise I came across a statement that 1 out of 10 children suffer from this condition and do not qualify for special education because the symptoms are not severe. Due to this these kids suffer the most. They are forced to study with the non-dyslexic children and often struggle with spellings, writing, reading and speaking disabilities.

Mild Dyslexia Symptoms:
Not all children who are dyslexic would experience the symptoms in the same degree of severity. Some experience it very less; some are the extreme cases of it. Likewise, some children are a mild case. Let us learn what symptoms of the mild case are.

  • Writing in reversals is the most common sign of this learning disability. 123 is confused as 321, or ‘b’ as ‘d’.
  • Often the writing is full of spelling mistakes.
  • The kid may invert the letters while writing. For example, ‘u’ is written as ‘n’ and so on.
  • While writing the child may omit some letters. ‘kite’ may be written as ‘kie’.
  • Wrong order of writing is witnessed. ‘Wrong’ is written as ‘worng’ etc.
  • While reading they may add new text. For instance, original text is ‘That is my car’. New text is ‘That is my new red car’.
  • Usually late talking is observed in these kids.
  • Writing is inconsistent and the difference between lower case and upper case is not followed.
  • The size of letters is not consistent. Some letters are too small and some are too big.
  • Children with this learning disability have trouble doing simple mathematics problems.
  • They face difficulty following instructions and following directions.
  • He may face a hard time understanding different mathematical signs like ‘>’, etc
  • The reading pace is very slow and usually the reading has elements of made up text. They also miss the lines or words or phrases while reading.
  • They have problem copying text.
  • They do not follow punctuation while writing.
  • They sometimes read only half of the word, for instance ‘superior’, is read as ‘super’.
  • Substitutes the word with its synonym or antonym or with a word that sounds closest to it. Eg: ‘dog’ can be ‘god’, ‘pup’, etc
  • These kids do not remember even their favorite stories much and re-read them.
  • They understand very little of what they read or write.

These are only a few symptoms of mild dyslexia that may or may not be very evident. Only a few or all or none of these or other signs of this disability might be present and yet the child may suffer from it. The best approach is to encourage the child to learn more and better without any pressure. Dyslexic children are good at other fields too. Develop those and let the child be happy.

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