The earlier a child is assessed the quicker we can use appropriate interventions and the quicker you will see results. We sometimes see children during the pre school years when parents are concerned if their child is ready for school and we see students up to Leaving Certificate level. However the usual age when problems such as dyslexia appear would be in 1st or 2nd class. If you have concerns that you want to discuss in confidence with us why not give us a call on 087 9295635
There are many definitions of dyslexia but basically it is difficulty learning to read and spell. It can affect all aspects of literacy, reading, spelling, writing and sometimes working with numbers. Recent research shows that children may have difficulty with short term or working memory as well as phonological awareness, that is the ability to break up the words into sounds and to blend sounds together. It is thought that up to 10% of the population have dyslexia. Dyslexia runs in families and research is ongoing into the nature of the causes .
Generally parents may start to notice a problem in senior infants or 1st class, however there can be signs as early as age 3.
Mary is a registered qualified teacher with over 38 years’ experience and over 20 years’ experience in helping children with specific learning difficulties. She is qualified and registered with the British Psychological Society to carry out educational testing. An expert in dyslexia, she has lectured in Ireland and overseas. In 2005 Mary O’Dowd set up SMART Education to provide educational assessments, consultations, tutorials and workshops for students aged 4 to 18 yrs.