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What you can do?

As you can see, dyslexia must be assessed with great care.  But as parents, you can help your child at this stage even if you are uncertain about the exact causes of his/her learning problem.  This is our advice to parents:

Do not jump to the conclusion that your child is dyslexic.

Explore the possibility of other associated problems e.g. ADHD, speech and language disorder etc and approach the relevant professionals if necessary.

Expose your child to English speaking environments.

Enrol your child in English language enrichment programmes if his/her command of the language is poor.  Simultaneously, set up a daily reading regimen at home.  Monitor his/her progress for at least a year.  If reading problems persist, approach DAS again

Provide strong emotional and social support.

Whether your child is  dyslexic or not, it is important that you continue to provide the emotional support and encouragement in order to build up his/her self esteem.  Parental anxiety may aggravate the childs emotional reactions to his/her learning problem.

Moderate your demands and expectations of him/her.

Recognise your child's' strengths and talents and encourage him/her in these areas. 

Do your own research into dyslexia.