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Your child is not alone
One out of five students in the United States has some kind of language-based learning difference. If your child has a language-based learning difference, he or she is in good company—Charles Schwab, Cher, Jay Leno, Whoopie Goldberg, Thomas Edison, and Pablo Picasso all have dyslexia, the most common language-based learning difference.
The good news is that while dyslexia is a lifelong disorder, with early intervention, children with dyslexia can learn strategies to compensate for their learning difference and become competent, efficient readers and writers. Moreover, children with dyslexia are often of above-average intelligence and filled with creativity and the ability to “think outside the box.”
How do I know?
Signs of dyslexia manifest themselves when a child is very young, and many parents may feel instinctively that their child is dyslexic at an early age. For more information on the telltale signs of dyslexia in children at the preschool/kindergarten level visit the Early Identification section of our website. Riverside School also provides free screenings for children ages 4-8 to help identify risk factors of reading delays. Contact us at (804) 320-3465 to learn more about the free screening program.
If you suspect that your child has dyslexia, the only certain way to know is to have complete educational testing by a child psychologist or educational diagnostician.