Get professional help for dyslexia

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

PARENTS with children who have reading and writing difficulties were urged to seek help from professionals as it is one of the indicators of dyslexia.

Hjh Siti Noraminah Hj Abdul Lamin from the Special Education Unit said it is advisable for parents to consult education specialists who will be able to assess whether or not a student has dyslexia.

Dyslexia is a learning disorder that makes it difficult to learn to read and can also affect writing, spelling and even speaking.

“Parents who are curious whether their child has dyslexia can make an appointment with us where we will test and evaluate them in sessions,” she said in a recent interview.

The education officer at the unit’s Dyslexia Intervention Programme Section added that one of the common challenges is parents who are in denial and have difficulties accepting their child’s disability.

She said while it is common for parents to go through denial, the sooner parents bypass this phase, the sooner the child can benefit from the support system.

“Parents must realise that they will always remain the prime advocates for their child, at the end of the day it is for the child’s well-being, confidence and academic performance to truly bring out their potential,“ she said.

“It’s hard for some parents, especially parents who are very educated and have children who are steady in their studies but to have that one child who is dyslexic can be very hard for them (parents) to accept,” she added.

Hjh Siti Noraminah urged parents to take quick action if they suspect their child to be dyslexic.

She said symptoms include troubles with reading, writing, and spelling, noting that some might even have poor handwriting and have difficulties in remembering numbers.

“Dyslexia sometimes can occur with other conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD),” added the special education officer.

ADHD and ADD are two of the common childhood disorders and can continue through adolescence and into adulthood.

Symptoms include difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behaviour, and hyperactivity (over-activity).

The officer said parents can set up appointment with them through their hotline 2454149.

The Brunei Times