Dyslexia can Cause Anxiety and Fear, Panic Attacks and Trauma

E. Handy

Dyslexia can be a traumatic experience for children, especially if it is diagnosed late in their academic life. This is because children with dyslexia who are not able to read at grade level may be placed in special education classes or labeled as “lazy” or “stupid” by their teachers or parents. This can lead to feelings of shame, isolation, and low self-esteem. Additionally, children with dyslexia may experience secondary trauma as a result of their learning disability. For example, they may be bullied by their peers, have difficulty making friends, or struggle to find success in school. This can have a lasting impact on their mental and emotional well-being.

Dyslexia and trauma in childhood

It is important to note that dyslexia is not a sign of intelligence. Children with dyslexia are just as smart as any other child, but they learn differently. With the right support, they can thrive in school and in life.

To avoid the trauma of a late dyslexia diagnosis, it is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of dyslexia and to seek a diagnosis as early as possible. Parents and educators should also advocate for children with dyslexia to ensure that they receive the support they need. Finally, it is important to provide emotional support to children with dyslexia and to let them know that they are loved and supported.

A Plan for Kids with Dyslexia

In addition to the above, here are some specific recommendations for professionals working with children with dyslexia:

  • Educate yourself about dyslexia and how best to support children with dyslexia in the classroom and in the community.
  • Work with parents to develop a plan to support their child’s learning.
  • Provide accommodations and modifications in the classroom to help children with dyslexia succeed.
  • Create a positive and supportive learning environment for all children, including those with dyslexia.
  • Celebrate the strengths and abilities of children with dyslexia.

By following these recommendations, professionals can help to ensure that children with dyslexia have a positive and successful educational experience.

EMDR and Brainspotting can effectively process the trauma of Dyslexia.