My husband has dyslexia and I was wondering if my 2-year-old daughter is also prone to having it, and what signs I should look for early on to help her?
Our culture has established certain specific expectations for learning and attainment of academic skills. This particular model fails to recognize the great diversity of human skill development. Children who learn differently from the majority are regarded as having a disorder.
Historically dyslexia was the term applied to those with a delay in reading skills, dyscalculia to those with a delay in mathematical skills, and dysgraphia to those with a delay in writing skills. Currently the terms for such specific learning disorders are academic skills disorders, language and speech disorders and motor skills disorders.
Such learning disorders may occur in more than one member of a family. Such “disorders” (or learning styles) become apparent in structured learning environments. The majority become apparent in elementary school although unfortunately, some are not recognized as hindering a child’s reaching his/her full potential until later than that. All of us have our strengths and our weaknesses in how and how quickly we acquire certain skills. We compensate for the things we are less good at.
For school-aged children, be on the lookout for the otherwise capable child who struggles in one or more areas or who doesn’t enjoy school. Some are wrongly regarded as lazy or as unwilling to try. Most children are very anxious to please: some may have a specific learning disorder.