Signs of Dyslexia…

If a child has three or more of the following warning signs they are at a high risk of having dyslexia and should be screened or tested for it.

In Preschool

  • Delayed speech
  • Mixing up the sounds and syllables in long words
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Severe reactions to childhood illnesses
  • Constant confusion of left vs. right
  • Late establishing a dominant hand
  • Difficulty learning to tie shoes
  • Trouble memorizing their address, phone number or the alphabet
  • Trouble memorizing the days of the week or the names of the months
  • Can’t create words that rhyme
  • A close relative who has dyslexia

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In Elementary School

History of the above symptoms plus:

  • Dysgraphia (slow, non-automatic handwriting that is difficult to read)
  • Letter or number reversals continuing past the end of first grade
  • Extreme difficulty learning cursive handwriting
  • Slow, choppy, inaccurate reading aloud
  • Terrible spelling
  • Often cannot remember sight words (they, were, does) or homonyms (their, they’re, and there)
  • Difficulty telling time on a clock with hands
  • Trouble with math, such as memorizing the multiplication tables
  • When speaking, difficulty finding the correct word
  • Extremely messy bedroom, backpack and desk
  • Dreads going to school

In High School

History of the above symptoms plus:

  • Extremely poor written expression
  • Unable to master a foreign language
  • Difficulty reading printed music
  • Poor grades in many classes
  • May drop out of high school

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In Adults

Educational history similar to above, plus:

  • Slow reader
  • May have to read a page 2 or 3 times to understand it
  • Terrible speller
  • Difficulty putting thoughts onto paper
  • Still has difficulty with right vs. left
  • Often gets lost, even in a familiar city
  • Sometimes confuses b and d, especially when tired or sick