Dealing with Dyslexia in Kids - FamilyEducation


Dyslexia, the most prevalent type of learning disability, affects a person's ability to acquire skills related to reading. Learn more with these resources.

5 Common Handwriting Struggles and How to Solve Them

Handwriting is a complex skill, so it isn't surprising that many children have a hard time mastering it. Poor handwriting skills can make your child stressed and anxious, cause problems with his or her schoolwork, and keep him or her from wanting to write. Here's what children struggle with the most when it comes to handwriting, and tips on how to help. read more

6 Benefits of Learning Handwriting in School

Is handwriting becoming a lost art? The new Common Core Standards adopted by most states in the U.S. make teaching cursive optional and up to individual states. The rise of technology in and out of the classroom means fewer kids are writing by hand in general. But many psychologists and education experts argue that handwriting — both in print and cursive — is still a highly valuable skill. Read on to learn some of the benefits of putting pen to paper! read more

Centers that Test for Dyslexia

Your child does not have to be attending a public school in order to receive a full evaluation to see if she's dyslexic. read more

Demystifying the Writing Process

Demystifying the Writing Process I'm used to the funny looks I get when I tell people that I'm a dyslexic writer. There's always a pause, then a pained look, as they try to process what they perceive to be an oxymoron. On one hand, their concern is justified. I still spell at a third-grade level, I still confuse words that look alike, and I struggle with grammar. But all that doesn't matter because those things are not writing. read more

Does Your Grade-Schooler Have Dyslexia?

Is your child struggling in school? Find out if you should have him evaluated for a reading disability. read more

Does Your High-Schooler Have Dyslexia?

Is your teenager struggling in school? Find out if you should have him evaluated for a reading disability. read more

Does Your Middle-Schooler Have Dyslexia?

Is your adolescent struggling in school? Find out if you should have her evaluated for a reading disability. read more

Does Your Preschooler Have Dyslexia?

Does your little one have a problem learning? Find out if you should have her evaluated for a reading disability. read more

Dyslexia and Giftedness

When children are identified as both gifted and dyslexic, it is appropriate to provide services in both areas. read more

Dyslexia and Math

There are many resources available to help teachers bypass the difficulties that children with LD can experience in math. read more

Dyslexia and Math Facts

Learn some tips for helping kids who have difficulty mastering math facts. read more

Dyslexia and Retention

A child who is happy, well adjusted, and performing on grade level, even if that is below the class average, should move up with his class. read more

Dyslexia and Social Situations

A mother wonders how to help her dyslexic child, who misses a lot of social cues and misreads situations and intended messages. read more

Dyslexia and the Grade-Schooler

Dyslexia and the Grade-Schooler Is my child dyslexic or simply immature? The moment you suspect a problem, it's a good idea to consult a pediatrician or a pediatric neurologist. For kids who are consistently disorganized and distractible or have serious difficulty with letters and words, early intervention can head off a lot of frustration and discouragement. read more

Dyslexia and the High-Schooler

Dyslexia and the High-Schooler By the time students reach high school, many have managed to camouflage their dyslexia with well-developed strategies or deceptions that cover up academic lapses. Others continue to have problems and may suffer from low self-esteem or depression. And since distractibility, dreaminess, and lack of motivation are age-typical behaviors, it's not always easy to separate real learning problems from adolescent angst. read more

Dyslexia and the Law

If your child is diagnosed with dyslexia but gets no help from the school, where can you go for assisted help? read more

Dyslexia and the Middle-Schooler

Dyslexia and the Middle-SchoolerBy the time middle school rolls around, most dyslexic students understand they're different from the rest of the pack. Many become anxious or defensive and their self-esteem can plummet. Now's the time for parents to provide those extra hugs and words of praise for things well done -- children are always more successful when they feel competent and beloved. read more

Dyslexia and the Preschooler

Dyslexia and the PreschoolerWhen dyslexia runs in the family, parents sometimes wonder if they can detect signs of it in their preschool children. Experts say that's much too soon to label a child, and veteran moms and dads agree: at this stage, it's a dangerous game to attempt to distinguish between what's a genuine neurological problem or a maturational lag. read more

Dyslexia, Retention, and Alternative Schooling

Our expert finds fault with a school's recommendation that a youngster repeat fifth grade for the third time. read more


Many young children write letters and numbers backward. If they're still doing so by third grade, it may be time to check for dyslexia. read more

Dyslexic Son Gets No Help from School

When school testing doesn't indicate a need for services for a child with reading problems, a private evaluation may be wise. read more

Early Signs of Dyslexia

Advice from a homeschooling expert on early signs of dyslexia. read more

Early Signs of Dyslexia?

Word reversal or directional reversals are common in younger children, and many outgrow the problem. read more

Family History of Dyslexia

When a school does not honor your legal right to request an evaluation, there are steps you can take. read more

Gifted and Dyslexic?

If a three-and-a-half-year-old has trouble remembering his letters and numbers, does it indicate dyslexia? read more

Homeschooling a Dyslexic Child

Yes, there may be advantages to homeschooling your dyslexic child, and no, in most states you do not have to be specially trained to teach your child. read more

Is Dyslexia Hereditary?

Find out whether individuals can inherit the condition of dyslexia from a parent. read more

Is It Time to Check for Dyslexia?

Find out when it's the right time to consult a specialist about her possible dyslexia. read more

Letter Reversals: A Sign of Dyslexia or Normal?

When children first learn to read and write, they often reverse letters. Find out when to get concerned about this. read more

Mirror Writing

Does mirror writing in a four-year-old indicate dyslexia or another type of learning/language disability? read more