Could it be Dyslexia?

Ever wonder if your child may be dyslexic? October is Dyslexia Awareness Month, and PEAK is introducing brief screenings designed to help determine your child’s risk for reading disorders like dyslexia.

You’ve had your concerns.  You’ve seen your child struggle with things like reading, spelling, or writing. You’ve watched their self-esteem plummet. You have a hunch they might be dyslexic, but you just aren’t sure you’re on the right track.

A complex condition, dyslexia is more than just  a reading problem. It is a language processing issue that makes it difficult to properly match letters and words to the sounds they make.  Since these skills provide a foundation for all language, dyslexia can also impact writing, speaking, and learning in general. That’s why it’s so important to catch it early.  This becomes challenging, however, because symptoms can be subtle. So kids fly under the radar and never get the support they need.

How Dyslexia Screenings Can Help

To help identify children who are at risk for dyslexia and related reading struggles, PEAK now offers Dyslexia Screenings for children five or older.  Quick and affordable, screenings consist of a 30-45 minute testing session with one of our assessment specialists.  We’ll work one-on-one with your child to administer several measures of the skills most commonly impacted by reading disorders such as dyslexia.

You’ll receive an explanation of your child’s risk and we’ll follow up with a written report summarizing the findings of the screening. It’s important to remember that dyslexia screenings are not used to formally diagnose dyslexia or any other learning disorder.  Instead, they offer a quick, affordable way to help you decide whether or not you should consider a comprehensive diagnostic assessment and/or specialized reading interventions.

Here’s How It Works:

  1. Schedule your session
  2. Fill out the intake questionnaire
  3. Show up for your child’s screening session
  4. Receive the results of the screening by phone within 2 days
  5. Get a written report within one week

Isn’t it Time for Answers?

One in every five people have dyslexia and early intervention is crucial. So, if you think your child may have dyslexia, don’t wait. Simply call us or click the link below to make an appointment for a Dyslexia Screening today.

720-377-3250

Signs of Dyslexia

If you’re wondering what dyslexia looks like, below are some of the common symptoms that can be seen with this reading disorder. If your child has several of these warning signs, we recommend scheduling a screening appointment.

YOUNG CHILDREN

  • Delayed speech development
  • History of chronic ear infections
  • Difficulty reciting nursery rhymes or rhyming words
  • Problems remembering the alphabet, names and numbers
  • Trouble learning or remembering new words
  • Family history of dyslexia or other learning differences

GRADE SCHOOL

  • Discrepancies between abilities outside of learning environment and performance in classes. For example, a child may show a deep understanding of concepts, but is unable to learn common sight words.
  • Reading fluency and comprehension below grade level
  • Difficulty sounding out words
  • Takes a long time to complete reading or writing assignments
  • Gets frustrated while reading and may avoid it all together
  • Struggles with reading aloud
  • Missing or skipping lines while reading – needs to reread passages
  • Trouble telling time or learning left from right
  • Difficulty with handwriting
  • Hard to follow multistep directions
  • Often appears like they are daydreaming or zoning out in the classroom
  • Suffers from low self esteem and may be easily frustrated by reading tasks

TEENS AND ADULTS

  • Difficulty doing word problems in math
  • Has trouble finding the right words
  • Shies away from tasks that involve reading
  • Has a hard time telling sequential stories or describing a book plot
  • Difficulty learning new languages