I often encountered parents in my reading practice who struggled with learning to read in school, but who later became avid readers. Were they once dyslexic, and have they somehow been cured? What happened? Let’s assume for the moment that this happened to you, or to your spouse.
It’s important for you to recognize that you or your spouse might still be dyslexic, even though both of you now read well, because your own experience might lead you to assume that your child’s situation will also resolve itself in time. While your assumption might turn out to be correct, I recommend that you not leave the outcome to chance, but instead take steps to help your child if you are able to do so.
How Your Own “Dyslexia” Could Have Disappeared
Visual skills are developmental in nature; in some kids they develop late.Note that “dyslexia” is in quote marks here. That’s because you might have struggled simply because your visual skills took a bit longer to mature than your peers. All of a sudden one day in late first grade, your binocular vision skills clicked in, and what the teacher was telling you about reading started to finally make sense. This is actually fairly common, leading many first-grade teachers to assure parents of struggling readers that their child seems intelligent enough and is probably just one of those “late-bloomers” she sees each year. But this is not dyslexia; this is just a case of slower than average visual development. It’s unlikely that you ever considered yourself to have a reading problem, or that you soon forgot how you struggled initially.
However, you might well have gone through the early grades, and even high school, knowing full well that you were struggling with reading. Yet today you might be a decent reader, even an avid one. What is likely to have happened in your particular case? Were you somehow “cured” of your dyslexia, which you almost certainly had?