Common Signs of Dyslexia

No two people will exhibit the same signs of dyslexia.  Below you will find some commons signs of dyslexia, if you find that you or your child display  3 or more of the following signs, I encourage you to learn more about dyslexia. Early intervention is the best this to help a dyslexic student succeed.  If you or your child are already older, do not despair, if is never too late to teach "an old dog new tricks"
Common Signs written by Susan Barton

In Preschool
• delayed speech
• mixing up the sounds and syllables in long words
• chronic ear infections
• stuttering
• 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


Jess A.

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