Coping Behaviours and Signs of Dyslexia
When a child who is a strong visual thinker becomes confused and disorientates, they start to develop strategies to cope with how they are feeling about their inability to do the task. At school, a child who doesn’t make sense of phonics, and whose mind is desperately searching for the meaning of the words, will start to show behaviours that will become compulsive. Some children develop the behaviour of becoming the class clown, doing something to make the other kids laugh. Children want to be liked, so doing something to make the other kids laugh, shows the dyslexic the other kids like them, and at least the other kids aren’t making fun of their difficulty with reading.
Other children become very quiet in the class, they disappear and don’t want to be noticed. When it is time for reading in the classroom, some children ask to go to the bathroom and take awhile to return.
These behaviours, and many more, are all coping behaviours and are signs of dyslexia. They cope by using avoidance to get out of doing the job. Why? Because they can’t do the job, or they feel bad about making lots of mistakes.
Unless these children are taught in the way they learn, they will continue to develop compulsive behaviours as a reaction to confusion into their adult life.
If your child has had special education at school or had a remedial tutor and continues to struggle, there is help and hope. Don’t wait for your child to struggle for another year.