Warning Signs of Dyslexia

by Susan Barton of Bright Solutions for 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 handwriting
  • 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, there)
  • difficulty telling time using a clock with hands
  • trouble with math

– memorizing multiplication tables
– memorizing a sequence of steps
– directionality

  • when speaking, has 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 stomachaches 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

To Learn More:

  • Attend our workshops
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  • Order our video, “Warning Signs of Dyslexia”

Bright Solutions for Dyslexia

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