Challenges come in all forms for a child with dyslexia. It ranges from learning and social challenges to emotional challenges.
Children with dyslexia face reading problems, however many people with dyslexia can become quite good readers (Dyslexia Action, n.d.). They encounter a challenge in extracting information from text therefore, it usually takes them longer to read and learn. Due to the unique way children with dyslexia view words, abbreviations are a huge hindering stone to their daily functions.
Children with dyslexia also face troubles when it comes to writing. According to Special Education Support Services (n.d.), children with dyslexia take a longer time to write and very often, their handwriting are untidy or incoherent (Plymouth University, n.d.). Having difficulties with new words, word findings and pronunciations are also huge stumbling blocks for a child with dyslexia.
Most children with dyslexia may also experience certain difficulties with spoken words. For example, coming up with specific name or date under the pressure of time or remembering a sequence of spoken words such as telephone numbers or home address. This is because, children with dyslexia have troubles retaining and following a list of auditory instructions as well as organisational problems. As such, they are unable to listen and take down notes at the same time.
Relationship with Peer
Children with dyslexia may be more immature physically and socially in comparison to their peers. Many children with dyslexia have troubles reading social cues and as such, they may be insensitive to personal distance during social interactions and also to other people’s body language (Ryan, 2017). Therefore, children with dyslexia often feel awkward in social situations and this may further lead to poor self-image and less peer acceptance.
Due to their weaker oral language functioning, children with dyslexia have troubles looking for the right words, stammer or may pause before answering direct questions, affecting their conversation with peers which may further affect their relationship in future.
Due to the visible difference in behaviour, children with dyslexia may experience verbal or physical abuse from their peers (Ryan, 2017). Very often, victims of these act ends up being defensive, secretive and some may even isolate themselves so as to avoid similar situations in the future.