A growing body of evidence is pointing to the importance of early intervention for children with dyslexia.
Researchers at Boston’s Children Hospital conducted a study on how early differences in brain development can be observed in dyslexic children. The results? Those differences start to show up in children as young as six months. These results fall in with other findings, such as this study from researchers at U.C. Davis and Yale, that recommend early intervention for children with dyslexia.
The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity provides guidance on noticing the signs of dyslexia in young children. Our list of symptoms also includes things to watch for in the language and reading development of younger students.
The longer intervention is delayed the harder it can be for a dyslexic child to catch up with peers in reading level. This account from Homeschooling with Dyslexia provides a personal account of the author’s dyslexic son who did not receive early intervention and who thereby faced a harder struggle than did his siblings who also have dyslexia.
From around the age of nine, children can benefit from using intervention software such as the programs developed by Dybuster. For younger children, the article from Homeschooling with Dyslexia provides a few suggestions for intervention, and so does this more scientific article from the Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs.