Disability requires support

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Dyslexia is a reading disability that can make concentrating and reading difficult for children.

It’s important to remember that dyslexia has no bearing on intelligence, and in fact, many famous people are believed to have had or been diagnosed with dyslexia, including Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Tom Cruise, and baseball pitcher Nolan Ryan. Detection of learning disabilities has advanced over recent decades, so much so that dyslexia is now commonly diagnosed.

However, because reading and comprehension are so critical, especially in a world that places a tremendous emphasis on text via computers, phones, and other mobile devices, it is very important for parents to understand and assist children who are struggling. Down the road, dyslexia can affect education levels and job performance.

Research reported by The Dana Foundation shows that diagnosing dyslexia early, even before children learn to read, can mitigate its effects. (For the full story, visit http://www.dana.org/news/brainwork/detail.aspx?id=23408.)

Remedial reading instruction, along with teacher and parental assistance, can go a long way toward helping children comprehend written words and read at an appropriate level. Children with dyslexia often work much harder to comprehend assignments, so parents need to be aware of this effort and support the child properly. Help your child by setting aside extra time for homework and talk to teachers. The more support your child has, the better he or she will be able to deal with dyslexia.

Source: Carole Gnatuk, UK extension specialist
Robert H. Flashman, UK extension for family resource management

Jane Proctor is Trimble County’s Cooperative Extension agent for family and consumer services.