Dyslexia is the well-known term for “developmental reading disorder”. This disorder causes problems with word comprehension, reading, spelling, and following instructions, despite average or above level intelligence. It is classified as a cognitive/learning disorder, and often appears as a diagnosis alongside Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Dyslexia occurs in roughly 15% -20% of Canadians, making it one of the most common learning disorders.
Symptoms & signs of dyslexia
- Adding letters or omitting letters when spelling words
- Issues with reading and comprehension
- Problems rhyming words
- Inability to count the syllables in words
- Issues with the memorizing materials that have been read
When is it time to get help?
If you notice the symptoms listed above in your child, or you are an adult and suspect that you may have dyslexia, then it’s time to get a diagnosis and possibly some support for that diagnosis.
Dyslexia treatment methods
There is no cure for dyslexia but there are many learning programs and strategies that have been successful, so the disorder can be managed. An assessment by one of our trained therapists is the first step to putting a plan in place, then you or your child will work with a therapist to come up with the best course of treatment. If you or your child is feeling depressed, anxious, or struggling in other ways as a result of the effects of dyslexia, your therapist will certainly work with you to treat those concerns.
Insight offers assessments for dyslexia and other learning disorders. Read more here.
What will I get out of treatment with Insight Psychological?
Getting a formal diagnosis is an important part of the plan and doing so will allow you to find better support for yourself or your child. There can be a relief that comes with understanding why you are struggling in an area where others don’t seem to –finding ways to successfully deal with dyslexia could be life changing!
If you’re ready to seek help, please contact us. We have several offices in Alberta.
 International Dyslexia Association www.dyslexiaida.org