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Symptom identification, assessment and management of dyslexia in children

Damian D. Osa-Afiana


The paper addressed the symptom identification, assessment, and management of Dyslexia in children. The paper was considered important as it addressed the awareness of the causes and symptoms associated with the disorder. It further discusses how dyslexia could be identified and the psychological instruments that could be used to diagnose this disorder. Through the review of literature, reversal of letters or words, short or erratic memory of words, inability to hold information in memory until needed, difficulty with concentration, inability to see whole relationships or form a gestalt, emotional instability, impulsiveness, poor eye-motor coordination, among others were identified as symptoms of dyslexia. Dyslexia could be assessed using different methods and covers three domains; Intellectual function, a developmental diagnostic test of achievements, and tests of visual and auditory perception. In management and treatment, 10 therapeutic sessions were held after which a child is expected to be able to master new words and read fluently. It was concluded that although dyslexia could be a problem for children, it could also be managed and treated if proper diagnosis and recommended sessions are initiated.