1 in 10 Australian children have dyslexia. Is your child one of them?

Most kids with dyslexia don’t realise it – they think everyone else sees what they see.

Most parents have no idea when their child has dyslexia. They mistakenly believe their child is lazy or avoiding school work because they prefer the outdoors.

Dyslexia is fairly straightforward to help, once you recognise it.

In this video… You can actually experience dyslexia for yourself.

Are you ready for this?

So how can you check your child for dyslexia?

The most important question to ask your child: “What are the words doing on the page?”

Ask your child to stare at a white page text for 10 seconds and then ask “what are the words doing on the page?” Don’t put words in your child’s mouth by suggesting what the words might be doing. Just ask them what the words are doing.

If your child tells you the words are moving, blurring out, shaking, look 3 dimensional or disappearing on the page, it’s likely your child has dyslexia.

This is not a comprehensive test, but most children with dyslexia can be picked up just by asking what the words are doing on the page.

5 straightforward tips that help kids with dyslexia

Don’t panic! Dyslexia is much easier to help than most parents realise.

Some easy ways to help with dyslexia are:

1. Ensure that text is large, bold and double spaced.

It will make the text easier for kids to read if the words are moving or fading away.

2. Change the colour of the page.

See if the words stay still on coloured paper. The most common colours that help children with dyslexia are pale blue, pale purple or light grey. If they don’t help, then check other colours.

3. Avoid fluorescent lighting like the plague!

Kids with dyslexia succeed more under natural lighting or yellow lighting than fluorescent lights.

4. Dim your child’s computer screen slightly.

The brighter the background is, the more difficult your child will find it to read text.

5. Chat with your child’s teacher at school.

Make them aware that the words are moving when your child is trying to read.

The key difference between kids who succeed or fail with dyslexia:

The main difference between kids succeeding or failing with dyslexia is how determined their parents are to find ways to help.

When parents give up and assume it’s all too hard to help, their child will suffer.

When parents persevere and try many different avenues to find ways to make learning easier for their child, their kids will succeed in the end.

Where to get help for dyslexia

Okay, so you suspect your child has dyslexia. What now?

The next thing to find out is how much the dyslexia is actually impacting your child’s learning.

Here are some great places to start learning:

Teacher/school: Most schools have at least one teacher who knows a lot about dyslexia and how to help. Track down that teacher.

Optometrist: An optometrist is unlikely to help your child with dyslexia but they can check whether your child is short-sighted or not. Having dyslexia is challenging, but having dyslexia and being short-sighted can be disastrous so definitely get your child’s eyes tested.

Doctor/specialists: Chat with your child’s doctor and find someone who won’t just diagnose dyslexia, but will provide you with straightforward solutions and new skills.

Search the web: So many parents find the help they need on the Internet. The Dyslexia Improvements website is one website that gives free, straightforward video training for parents.

Other mums (of course!): There is a big community of other concerned mums who would love to share their knowledge and ideas with you. You’ll find them on the net, or somewhere in your town.

Do you have a child with dyslexia, how have you helped them cope? Can you share your tips with other mums?

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  • My brother got diagnosed as Dyslexic a year ago, at the age of 37! He’s getting help for it now, but I can’t help thinking how much he could have benefitted with proper help 30 years ago. I’m keeping a close eye on my kids now to see if they have it too.


  • those symptoms are actually indicative of Irlen / scotopic sensitivity which is not a type of dyslexia but many people confuse it. this explains the types of dyslexia well https://www.understood.org/en/learning-attention-issues/child-learning-disabilities/dyslexia/different-types-of-dyslexia?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=understoodorg

    • Hi Mum, Yes, it is scotopic sensitivity and that is why the 2nd part of the title of the video is “How text appears with scotopic sensitivity”. This is a Mouths Of Mums article with the goal is to break things down into really straightforward, usable things. I see you’ve put multiple posts on here, that all assert the same things and I am agreeing with you. Yes, this is classified as very different from phonological dyslexia. I think you would find value in this webpage: http://dyslexiaimprovements.com/how-to-check-child-dyslexia/. I think we need to keep things in the ‘spirit’ and goals of Mouths of Mums. Thanks, and let’s not continue this.


  • Great article and video – thank you!


  • The issues you describe are not Dyslexia! This article will only serve to confuse people!

    • Hi Lynne1968 – Yes – technically these issues are scotopic sensitivity syndrome (A lot of mums call it visual dyslexia) – which is why the video is called: That’s why the video link says “Experience visual dyslexia for 57 seconds – how text appears with scotopic sensitivity”. This article is written in simple, plain language for mums to kickstart their own research. Yes scotopic sensitivity is very different from phonological/auditory dyslexia. The purpose of this article is to get conversations started and there will be plenty of follow-up articles down the track that clarify these issues. For a more thorough, technical video, I’ve got one you are welcome to at http://dyslexiaimprovements.com/how-to-check-child-dyslexia/.


  • Thank you. That is great information


  • I think you may like to do some research first. This is irlen syndrome not dyslexia although some children can suffer with both I can tell you now from experience they ate two completely different things.

    • Hi Lynne 1968… Yes and No… Because… Yes, these symptoms are technically “scotopic sensitivity syndrome” (aka Irlen) which is different from “phonological/auditory dyslexia”. That’s why the video link says “Experience visual dyslexia for 57 seconds – how text appears with scotopic sensitivity”. Maybe you didn’t read it closely… Anyone could make that mistake. Also even though “visual dyslexia” is not a term used in modern textbooks, this is a “Mouths of Mums” blog post… For the benefit of mothers who just want to help their kids. The goal is to keep things as straightforward as possible as a springboard for Mums to do their own research… Because mums from this site are good at that and very proactive.


  • Wow, thanks for the video. I had no idea how dyslexia could be so many different things.


  • I did not realise a dimmer screen helps – thanks


  • Thanks for this article with loads of very helpful and useful information and links about dyslexia. It is information that I will share and pass onto friends that will find it very valuable and be able to apply to their family.


  • A very enlightening article about dyslexia

    • Thank you! If parents can learn just the basics, it will make such a big difference to how our kids go at school. Most people have no idea when their kids have dyslexia, and we really want that to change. :-)


  • Wow what a wonderful, helpful and very interesting article. I had know idea what a dyslexic person experienced. Thank you so much for this article, I am sure it will be very helpful to many.

    • :) You are so welcome! It’s so much easier to have compassion on kids who have been doing it tough ones you see how hard it actually is for them. What you saw in that video other symptoms of Scotopic Sensitivity, which is a form of visual dyslexia. The other type of dyslexia (phonological dyslexia) is a bit trickier to try to simulate for people. :)


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