Information for Parents – Preschool Students

Dyslexia and specific Learning Difficulties are usually not diagnosed until a child is of primary school age.

However, as a parent or caregiver, you may have concerns about your child long before there is any professional intervention or diagnosis.

You as a parent or care giver are closest to your child, interacting with them daily and ideally placed to notice concerns about your child’s development. Have confidence in your feelings and do talk with someone about any ongoing concerns.

Your child's doctor or preschool professional may be the person to initially ask about your concerns.

It is often good to write down what you have observed with your child that is worrying you. Also record the frequency of the occurrence as well, as this information will assist a professional to refer you to the most appropriate service or professional. 

You may also want to speak with:

  • Your doctor
  • Maternal and Child Health Nurse
  • A pediatrician
  • Speech pathologist.

If you feel that your concerns have not been heard, continue to consult another professional or continue to seek advice or information.

It is also important that you also have support for yourself as you deal with your concerns about your child.

Parentline is a free confidential 7 day a week telephone counseling, information and referral service for parents with children from birth to 18 years.  

Make sure that you also have some time away from parenting if you can every so often, to allow you to be refreshed so you can support your child or children as much as possible.