Warning Signs of Dyslexia

If your child has 3 or more of the following warning signs, we encourage you to contact us for a free consultation to discuss tutoring, to discuss conducting an informal screening of your child’s reading abilities, and possibly a referral to a psychologist for formal testing and diagnosis.

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 words based on shape or context

· skips or misreads prepositions (at, to, of, for, in, on)

· 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

· trouble memorizing multiplication tables

· trouble memorizing a sequence of steps

· directionality (up-down, before-after, saw-was)

· when speaking, difficulty finding the correct word

· lots of “whatyamacallits” and “thingies”

· common sayings come out slightly twisted

· extremely messy bedroom, backpack, 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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