Myth #4: Only a special ed teacher can screen for dyslexia.
Some brain training companies offer free screening tools to help evaluate several types of learning issues in kids and teens. Here are some sample questions taken from a free online test created by LearningRx, a national brain training franchise:
- Does your child misread similar words?
- Does your child need words repeated when taking spelling tests?
- Is your child's oral reading slow or choppy?
- Does your child make spelling errors in written assignments?
- Does your child have difficulty sounding out unknown words?
If you answered "yes" to three of more of these questions, visit www.learningrx.com to take the full screening test.
"The good news is, weak cognitive skills can be improved," says Mitchell. "Brain training does for the mind what physical exercise does for the body. A diagnosis of dyslexia doesn't need to remain with a child throughout life."
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Sample Profile for Dyslexia
These common factors can indicate a predilection for the condition:
- A family history of reading problems
- Being male; the occurrence of dyslexia is 8:1 male:female
- Average/above average IQ
- Math proficiency
- No enjoyment of leisure reading
- Poor visual memory for language symbols
- Auditory language difficulties in word finding, fluency, meaning, or sequence