“My child can’t have dyslexia, because he can read.” According to dyslexia expert Susan Barton, this just isn’t true. Join Susan and host Mike Smith, today on Home School Heartbeat, to learn more about accurately spotting dyslexia in your homeschooled student.
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Susan, last time you outlined some warning signs that a young child may have dyslexia. What do you look for in older students?
I look for extreme difficulty with spelling, not on the weekly spelling test but spelling when they have to write compositions and essays, students who can read, but they’re very slow at it; they’re choppy; they don’t read with good phrasing. And when they come to a word they do not know, they have a lot of difficulty easily and accurately sounding it out even though they’ve had years and years of phonics instruction. Students have extreme difficulty memorizing their multiplication tables, who cannot easily tell time on a circular clock with hands.
Susan, are all dyslexic students unable to read?
No, most of them can read up to a point. But they are very slow, inaccurate, and cannot easily sound out an unknown word.
Susan, this is really practical information for our parents. And thanks so much for joining us today! And until next time, I’m Mike Smith.