Signs of Dyslexia

  • Delayed in learning to speak
    • Not speaking words by 1st birthday
    • Mix up sounds in multi-syllabic words (aminal for animal, hostibal for hospital)
    • Early stuttering
  • Delayed in learning letters and their sounds
  • Challenges with written or spoken language
    • Difficult or labored reading
    • Easily tires from reading a short period of time
    • Poor reading comprehension
    • Substitutes similar-looking words when reading (house for horse)
    • Letter reversals such as d for b
    • Word reversals such as bat for tab
  • Poor spelling
    • Spelling is worse than their reading
    • Simple spelling list may take hours to learn
    • Misspell high frequency sight words (the, has, what, where)
    • Misspell even when copying from the board or other documents
  • Challenges with memorizing facts (numbers, spelling, etc)
  • Handwriting issues (Dysgraphia)
    • They may avoid writing all together
    • Fail to use punctuation
    • Illegible handwriting
    • Odd spacing of letters and words
    • Frequent misspelling of words
    • Unusual pencil grip
    • Writing is slow, labored with unusual starting and end points
  • Poor organizational skills
  • Challenges learning a foreign language
  • Challenges with Math
  • Challenges with directionality (left from right)
  • Challenges with sequencing (difficulty learning to tie their shoes or learning the days of the week, alphabet)

People with Dyslexia may have one or all of these symptoms depending on the degree with which they are affected.

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