Better outcomes for dyslexics can be achieved through early identification and research-based, goal-directed intensive therapy. Behaviors that place children at-risk for a reading disability can be identified as young as preschool. These typically are demonstrated by delayed speech and language development.

A conversation with your child's medical practitioner or teacher or a referral to a qualified professional such as speech-language pathologist, reading specialist, or psychologist for a comprehensive evaluation is a good first step. Referrals can be made to clinics or private practitioners or to the public schools through your local school district's special education office. Based on an evaluation of your child's strengths and weaknesses, the professional will then design a program that is individualized for your child.