Could it be Dyslexia?

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Warning Signs of Dyslexia

If a child has 3 or more of the following warning signs, encourage that child's parents and teachers to learn more about dyslexia.


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 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 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 with a clock with hands
  • Trouble with math
  • Memorizing multiplication tables
  • Memorizing a sequence of steps
  • Directionality
  • When speaking, difficulty finding the correct word
  • Lots of "whatyamacallits" and "thingies"
  • Common sayings come out slightly twisted
  • Extremely messy bedroom, backpack, and desk
  • Dreads going to school
  • Complains of stomach aches or headaches
  • May have nightmares about school


In High School

  • All of the above 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

  • Education 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
  • Dreads writing memos or letters
  • Still has difficulty with right versus left
  • Often gets lost, even in a familiar city
  • Sometimes confuses b and d, especially when tired or sick


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