Dyslexia is a reading disorder that persists despite good schooling and the child usually has normal or above average intelligence. It's a handicap that affects up to 1 in 5 school children. Yet, the exact cause and nature of the problem has eluded doctors, teachers, and parents. Dyslexia was first described more than a century ago. The mystery and some of the stigma may finally be lifted. Researchers have found that it it not brain damage, but that a growing number of scientific evidence suggest there is a glitch in the neurological wiring of dyslexics that make reading extremely difficult. The most successful programs focus on strengthening the brain's aptitude for linking letters to the sounds they represent. The good news is dyslexia didn't stop very famous men and women from achieving greatness. In some cases it may have fueled their creativity. If you suspect your child has dyslexia, according to Christine Gorman, it is never too early to do something about it. Here are a few of her suggestions:
1. Get Tested (The International Dyslexia Association can help) (800-ABC-D123)
2. Monitor Progress - If the IEP goals aren't being met, you may want to get private instruction.
3. Create an IEP - Special Education should provide a special program with specific goals
4. Boost Strength - Don't let your child be defined by his or her dyslexia. These children need to be encouraged.
5. Get at Home Help - Computer based reading programs have shown great promise in helping children read.
6.Educate Yourself - You need information to be your child's chief advocate.