DETECTING EARLY SIGNS OF DYSLEXIA

by 高莫娜 Mona
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The child’s mental health involves the mental functioning and the way a child behaves and responds to some instances of life. Some studies are done by exploring the physiological process and the neurology of a child. The key areas of study include; concentration, mind functioning, emotions, acuity, character and cognition. There are two processes in a child’s development that needs the attention of the parents; physical and the mental development. This is the time that the parent can be able to determine a child’s with mental or physical challenge.

As a kindergarten teacher I train and educate plenty of children every year. Once I had a six years old boy who was well-behaved and obedient. He was a polite, liked making friends and was fine with his daily routines and self-care. In spite of the good behavior he was usually inattentive during lessons and was unable to retrieve the taught content when asked. He put strenuous efforts to memorize the taught vocabulary and it was grueling for him to pronounce the simple words. His speech was uncertain and writing was an added pressure, he used to take long time to duplicate words from the board. Music brings the world together but even in music, his singing was ambiguous and he couldn’t memorize the songs. He was a late talker and was using limited words at home for general conversation. 

Reading may seem easy and automatic for children who master it without difficulty. However, reading is a complex and challenging for some children. They find it difficult to read, including reading aloud. Only certified psychologists are authorized to diagnose the syndromes among battling children but as preschool teachers we can detect any developmental delay and ask our admin for further assistance. The above mentioned issues were related to dyslexic traits so I asked the admin for support and to arrange the school’s psychiatrist visit. The boy was scheduled for the regular checkups and the psychiatrist trained us as how to help the boy in our classes. 

Dyslexia is not a disease therefore it is not infectious and can be treated with early intervention and with the right support at school. As a language teacher I frequently get in contact with the children striving in the language development but now I feel myself in a better position to support them. I have taught myself several strategies during my education degree and through the school’s clinical help. 

I hope there is more awareness about Dyslexia. With proper instruction and support at home and at school, there’s no reason that kids with dyslexia cannot learn to read. The Education Bureau is already convincing schools to include and support children with special needs rather than exclude them.

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