Could it be dyslexia? 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 vs. 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
  • Has 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:
    • skips or misreads prepositions (at, to, of)
    • guesses based on shape or context
  • Terrible spelling
  • Often can't remember sight words (they, were, does) or homonyms (their, they're, and there)
  • Trouble with math
    • memorizing multiplication tables
  • Dreads going to school

In High School

All of the Preschool and Elementary symptoms, plus:

  • Limited vocabulary
  • Extremely poor written expression
    • large discrepancy between verbal skills and written compostions
  • Unable to master a foreign language
  • Difficulty reading printed music
  • Poor grades in many classes
  • May drop out of high school

In Adulthood

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 vs. left
  • Often gets lost, even in a familiar city
  • Sometimes confuses b and d, especially when tired or sick

These warning signs reprinted with prior written permission from Susan Barton, Founder of Bright Solutions for Dyslexia.