Ask Reading Kingdom: Should I tell my child that he/she is dyslexic? I don’t want to label him/her.

The answer to this question depends a lot on your child and what you feel will be his or her reaction. At the same time, keep in mind, any child diagnosed with dyslexia knows that he or she is having trouble with reading.

That trouble is usually accompanied not only by grief and pain, but also by self- doubt. The child’s fears often exceed the reality as the child wonders if
something is seriously and permanently wrong with them.

When this is the case, it can often be very helpful to talk with your child about the diagnosis and explain the path you are going to follow to get past the difficulties. If your child senses that you are calm and confident about how to handle the problem, the effects of an open discussion can be calming and productive.

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