CHANGES IN BEHAVIOR
How to fix Depression, Anxiety, and Self Esteem issues that are caused by dyslexia
There was a girl, no more than eight or nine years old. Let's call her Anna. Anna was a very smart kid, everyone around her knew. However, she did so poorly in school, and especially struggled with reading and writing. She tried her hardest at home, yet she just couldn't read as fast as the other kids. Her friends started making fun other, calling her names, and telling her she was stupid. Her classmates laughed at her when she was asked to read aloud in class because she took such a long time to read the word "BRING". Her parents noticed that she stopped talking to her friends, and she always seemed to be having mood swings because of school. She would frequently lash out and call herself dumb over and over again. As the months passed by, she stopped trying as hard as she used to, because she forgot how smart and capable she was. She became so nervous before tests, having panic attacks because she didn't want to face another failure. Her parents didn't know what to do, or how to help her. Her mom took her to a neuropsychologist, where she was diagnosed with dyslexia. Her mom realized she needed to get Anna special help from her school, and called the school to inquire how she can get help. Soon enough, Anna was receiving help from dyslexia therapists, who taught her the material in a way she could understand. They taught her to read, from scratch. They complimented her if she got something right, and comforted her if she wasn't able to read it correctly. Her reading improved drastically because her parents worked with her at home too, for 40 minutes each day. Her friends stopped calling her stupid because she got the best grades in math, and was doing dramatically better in reading. She stopped feeling depressed, her self esteem went up, and she felt calm and confident before every test. She began to get closer to her parents and thanked them for all they did. Several years later, Anna went to high school, aced her classes, took advanced math, and went to the best college in her state. Anna isn't a fictional character. She's real. She represents the stories of many children who have had dyslexia beat all the odds. The only way to help your child through this rough period is by being there for them, and making sure the therapy they are receiving is showing results. If not, find an alternate solution. Keep looking until you find one that helps your child. There's a treatment plan out there for everyone, you just have to stick with your child till the very end. Eventually, behavioral issues weaken after they improve their reading, but until then, be their support system when everyone else seems to be against them!
Dysgraphia is a lesser known disorder which basically means a difficulty in writing. You might have noticed your child writing letters backward, with messy handwriting that's hard to read, and their sentences sloping diagonally rather than on a straight line. Dysgraphia can occur along with dyslexia, but they are disorders entirely different from each other. Dysgraphia occurs when the brain and hands do not work together, so writing becomes a difficult task.
Dyscalculia is a difficulty in understanding numbers and doing calculations. Dyscalculia is the ""math version" of dyslexia. Special therapy is given to children with Dyscalculia, however it is rarer than dyslexia consult your psychologist for treatment options available.
Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
Most of you must be familiar with ADHD. In my time working along with Dr. Morris at his office, several children with dyslexia were also diagnosed with ADHD. This is essentially a difficulty in concentrating, staying still, and a tendency to be very hyperactive. ADHD medication can alleviate some of the symptoms, please consult a psychiatrist to review treatment options and receive medication if necessary.