Is dyslexia hereditary?

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Is dyslexia hereditary?

We do know that Dyslexia runs in families and we do know that there are certain genes that may play a role in Dyslexia. But that does not mean that if one of your children has Dyslexia, that all of your children will have Dyslexia. So once your first child has been diagnosed, you also have an idea to start looking for some of the warning signs in other children in your family. One warning sign would be early language problems, speaking late, having a difficult time learning language in the very early toddler years can be one warning sign. Another warning sign can be if a child has a difficult time learning letters and numbers and naming objects. So these are things that you kind of want to watch for as children start to enter into school, kindergarten and first grade. And if there are any questions, then you should consult a professional because early intervention and early identification is the best way, the most important thing when it comes to Dyslexia.

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Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Dr. Sandra Loo is Director of Pediatric Neuropsychology and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Loo is a child clinical psychologist and works clinically in the Medical Psychology Assessment Center and UCLA ADHD Clinics. She specializes in neuropsychological assessment of childhood psychiatric disorders such as ADHD and Dyslexia. Before coming to UCLA, Dr. Loo was director of two outpatient clinics specializing in the diagnostic and neurocognitive assessment of attention and learning disorders at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and the University of Massachusetts where she worked with Dr. Russell Barkley.

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