Despite making headlines for decades, Dyslexia remains a highly misunderstood learning challenge.
When their sons can't read, many parents worry: Is it dyslexia?
But maybe not.
Complicating matters further, many teachers and education administrators are highly reluctant to diagnose a reading problem. That leaves many boys "floating" through the school system for years before anyone realizes a concerted effort is needed to "fix" his reading problem.
It's crucial parents need to learn all they can about their son's reading challenges — is it due to boredom with the subject matter? Does he just not enjoy sitting still? Or is there a neurological component?
First try the simplest solution. Find him more exciting books in subjects that naturally interest him. For my son, it was military history. You might also get him a reading tutor, or try the Eager Reader System in which boys read along with the audiobook being read aloud.
If those approaches leave you suspecting a more serious reading problem, start researching options. One very good place to begin that research is the Dyslexia Action Group of Napier, Illinois (DAGN).
Founded by a mom who learned to advocate for her dyslexic son—who is now getting his Masters in Accounting— DAGN offers a wealth of information on dyslexia, schools, and parenting a learning-challenged child.
Above all, don't expect the schools to catch the problem, as explained in this insightful piece: How American Schools Fail Kids With Dyslexia.