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Q: My child is stuggling with reading and often reverses some of their letters or numbers. Is my child dyslexic?

Posted April 15, 2015 in Advice Column, Ankeny

A:  Dyslexia is a complex neurological disorder, and there are lots of misconceptions about what dyslexia is or ways to spot it. The most common is switching letters, such as b, d, p, and q. Children are expected to make some reversals of letters and numbers until approximately 8 years of age. However, sometimes those reversals can be due to inaccurate eye movements when reading, poor eye coordination, or issues processing visual information. A vision evaluation should be considered if you are concerned about dyslexia or other learning disorders. Developmental optometrists are not the ones who diagnose dyslexia, but they can determine if there are vision issues present, such as those listed above, and make proper referrals to assess any other potential problems. If there are other concerns, correcting the vision issues can improve the treatment outcomes from other therapies. In addition, psychologists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists may refer someone for an eye exam in order to check for visual issues that may be part of the whole picture of concerns in order to diagnose and treat learning-related vision disorders. If you are concerned about your child’s reading or learning skills, call today to schedule a comprehensive eye exam.

Information provided by Dr. Erik Romsdahl, Child and Family Vision Center, 2525 N. Ankeny Blvd., Suite 109,
Ankeny, 964-7541.

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