Diagnosing Dyslexia

written by Amanda Davis MSc, MA, BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapist and Dyslexia Specialist  I recently read a report by an optometrist who diagnosed a child with dyslexia. It got me wondering about the standards of diagnosis in South Africa versus the United Kingdom. As many of you will know, we are lucky enough to share ideas between Kids First SA (in South Africa) and Words First Ltd (in

When should I worry about my child’s reading?

written by Amanda Davis MSc, MA, BSc (hons) Last week I focused on my “I, together, you” strategy to support reading at home. I also touched on the importance of language and vocabulary in reading. However, how do you know when to start worrying about your child’s reading? How long should you be doing “I, together, you”? Is it normal for a child to see and hear a word 50