Just the other day I had a super important conversation with a concerned parent. Their child had recently been screened for Dyslexia at school and the teacher was recommending moving forward with more testing and possible intervention. The parent was wondering why a wait-and-see approach couldn’t be taken given that the student was only just entering the 2nd grade.
It is true that with some skills areas watching and observing is an appropriate approach but this is not the case with delays in literacy development or if Dyslexia is suspected. Research has consistently shown that early intervention can make a world of difference in a child's ability to overcome dyslexia and succeed academically and emotionally.
In this article, we will explore why early intervention is so important and how it can positively impact your child's future.
1. The Window of Opportunity:
Imagine a window of opportunity that opens during your child's early years, allowing them to build the fundamental skills necessary for reading and writing. As reported in by the American Academy of Pediatrics, this window is real and it's during these early stages that the brain is most highly adaptable and responsive to interventions. The earlier we provide support and evidence-based instruction, the better equipped your child will be to develop strong reading skills.
2. Academic Success Starts Early:
Researchers, as cited in the Journal of Pediatrics, found that the achievement gap between Dyslexic readers and their peers is evident as early as first grade. This means that early intervention is crucial to preventing your child from falling behind in school. The National Institute of Health states that "95% of poor readers can be brought up to grade level if they receive effective help early." Early intervention is key to narrowing or even closing the achievement gap between children with Dyslexia and their typically developing peers. Academic success often begins with reading proficiency, and early intervention gives your child the tools they need to keep up with their classmates.
3. Lasting Impact:
One of the most significant advantages of early intervention is its long-lasting impact. Programs targeting dyslexia in first or second grade have been shown to result in greater gains in basic reading skills. Moreover, these improvements continue well after the intervention program ends. Early intervention sets your child on a path to ongoing success in their reading and language development.
4. Emotional Well-Being:
Difficulty with reading and writing can be frustrating and stressful for children. The struggles they face can lead to secondary problems such as behavioral issues, anxiety, and even depression. Early intervention tackles the root cause of these challenges, reducing the likelihood of emotional difficulties and ensuring your child's self-esteem remains intact.
5. Building a Strong Support System:
Early intervention is a collaborative effort involving educators, parents, and specialists. Identifying and addressing Dyslexia early ensures your child receives the necessary assistance and accommodations throughout their educational journey. This strong support system can make all the difference in your child's progress.
In summary, early intervention for Dyslexia is not just important; it's critical for your child's academic and emotional well-being. The research is clear: the earlier we provide support, the better the outcome. By addressing Dyslexia early, you give your child the best possible foundation for a bright and successful future. Don't wait; take action today to ensure your child gets the help they need to thrive in school and beyond.