Early Detection of Dyslexia

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Early intervention is a key strategy for struggling learners.  It can help to define a remedial approach and can assist learners with the tools and strategies for working around potential academic challenges. This is a particularly important approach for students with dyslexia. 

Early Detection of Dyslexia

How Prevalent is Dyslexia?

Recent reports suggest that dyslexia impacts 5-10 percent of the population. Imagine the benefits if this condition could be detected before children learn to read. Early detection would allow for the strengthening of weaknesses and the implementation of appropriate teaching methodologies, ensuring successful reading experiences from the start. This proactive approach could save the educational system significant resources and help young learners maintain their self-esteem throughout their educational journey.

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The Importance of Early Dyslexia Assessments

Detecting dyslexia at an early stage allows educators and parents to tailor interventions specifically to the child’s needs. Early assessments can identify specific areas where a child struggles, such as phonemic awareness, decoding skills, or reading fluency. By addressing these issues early on, children can receive the targeted support they need to improve their reading skills before they fall too far behind their peers.

Dyslexia Type Remedial Assessment

One highly recommended tool for identifying and addressing dyslexia is the Dyslexia Type Remedial Assessment. This assessment is designed to uncover the specific type of dyslexia and bridge the gap between assessment and intervention. It provides comprehensive reports with actionable insights and product solutions. By using this assessment, educators and parents can develop a clear understanding of the specific dyslexia type and implement tailored strategies to support each learner's needs.

How Can I Pursue Testing?

For students aged 18 and under, formal testing can be pursued through public schools. Schools often have resources and specialists trained to conduct comprehensive evaluations. Alternatively, individuals 19 and older or those seeking testing outside the school system, local professionals can be found through resources such as the International Dyslexia Association provider directory. After testing and a documented diagnosis, school and workplace reasonable accommodations can be established to support the individual’s learning and working needs.

      How Can I Support a Child with Dyslexia? 

      Supporting a child with dyslexia involves a multi-faceted approach:

      1. Engage a Specialist: Work with a learning specialist, reading specialist, or educational therapist who can provide personalized support and intervention strategies.
      2. Select the Best Reading Program: Programs designed specifically for dyslexia, such as Orton-Gillingham or Wilson Reading System, can be highly effective.
      3. Incorporate Dyslexia-Related Remedial Activities:

        Building a Supportive Environment

        Creating a supportive learning environment is crucial for children with dyslexia. This involves not only providing the necessary academic support but also fostering an atmosphere of understanding and encouragement. Educators and parents should work together to celebrate the child’s successes, no matter how small, and to build resilience and confidence.

        The Role of Technology

        Technology can play a significant role in supporting dyslexic learners. Tools such as audiobooks, speech-to-text software, and educational apps can provide alternative ways for children to access and process information. These tools can be especially beneficial in helping children keep up with their peers while they work on improving their reading skills.


        Early detection and intervention are vital in optimizing the potential of learners with dyslexia. By identifying dyslexia early, providing appropriate interventions, and creating a supportive environment, we can help dyslexic learners achieve academic success and maintain their self-esteem. Detecting learning disabilities such as dyslexia early on can be a wonderful way to optimize a learner's potential. I hope you found this blog helpful.

         Cheers, Dr. Erica Warren

        Dr. Erica Warren is the author, illustrator, and publisher of multisensory educational materials at Good Sensory Learning. She is also the director of Learning to Learn and Learning Specialist Courses.

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