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Signs of Dyslexia

If an individual has 3 or more of the following warning signs,
encourage that student's parents and teacher to learn more about dyslexia.
In Preschool:

  • delayed speech
  • mixing up the sounds and syllables in long words
  • chronic ear infections
  • severe reactions to childhold illnesses
  • constant confusion of left versus right
  • late establishing a dominant hand
  • difficulty learning to tie shoes
  • trouble memorizing their address, phone number, or the alphabet
  • can't create words that rhyme
  • a close relative with dyslexia
In High School:

History with the preschool and elementary school symptoms, plus:

  • limited vocabulary
  • extremely poor written expression
    • large discrepancy between verbal skills and written compositions
  • unable to master a foreign language
  • difficulty reading printed music
  • poor grades in many classes
  • may drop out of high school
In Adults:

Symptoms throughout education history similar to those described herein, plus:

  • slow reader
  • may have to read a page 2 or 3 times to understand it
  • terrible spelling
  • difficulty putting thoughts onto paper
    • dreads writing memos, emails, or letters
  • still has difficulty with right versus left
  • often gets lost, even in a familiar city
  • sometimes confuses b and d, especially when sick or tired
In Elementary School

  • 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
  • slow, choppy inaccurate reading
    • guesses based on shape or context
    • skips or misreads prepositions (at, to, of)
    • ignores suffixes
    • can't sound out unknown words
  • terrible spelling
  • often can't remember sight words (they, were, does) or homonyms (their, they're, and there)
  • difficulty telling time on a clock with hands
  • trouble with math
    • memorizing multiplication tables
    • memorizing a sequence of steps
    • directionality
  • when speaking, difficulty finding the correct word
    • refers to "whatyamacallits" and "thingies"
    • common sayings come out slightly twisted
  • extremely messy bedroom, backpack, and desk
  • dreads going to school
    • complains of headaches/stomach aches
    • may have nightmares about school

Watch the following Videos for more information about Dyslexia.

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 Information on this page provided with permission of Susan Barton, Founder of Bright Solutions for Dyslexia