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Dyslexia Warning Signs

Preschool and Kindergarten

  • Late talker, articulation errors, mispronunciation 
  • Trouble hearing and producing rhymes
  • Late establishing dominant hand
  • Difficulty learning colors, shapes, letter names and sounds
  • Family history of dyslexia
  • Struggles with positional words (next to, under, behind, on top)
  • Fine or gross motor delays
  • May struggle to find the right word for something or saying the wrong word (word retrieval)
  • Breaking a word into individual sounds
  • Blending individual sounds into a word

Elementary School

  • Left and right confusion
  • Problems with rote memory such as address, phone number, math facts
  • Tying shoes
  • May confuse or omit high frequency words
  • Messy, illegible and disorganized handwriting, poor letter formations, may draw their letters, poor pencil control or grip (dysgraphia)
  • Poor spelling
  • Does not understand how many words in a sentence, how many syllables in a word, how many letters in a word, how many sounds in a word 
  • Letter or number reversals continuing past third grade 
  • Slow, choppy, inaccurate reading:
  • Guesses unknown words based on shape or context
  • Ignores suffixes 
  • Trouble with decoding unknown words 
  • Often can’t remember sight words (they, were, does) or homonyms (their, they’re, and there)
  • Difficulty telling time with an analogue clock
  • Trouble with math – memorizing multiplication tables
  • Memorizing a sequence of steps
  • Difficulty decoding nonsense words
  • Dreads going to school 
  • Complains of stomach aches or headaches 
  • May have nightmares about school
  • Avoids reading

Middle School and High School

  • All of the above symptoms plus:
  • Limited vocabulary 
  • Extremely poor written expression 
  • Large discrepancy between verbal skills and written compositions
  • Difficulty mastering a foreign language
  • Difficulty reading printed music
  • Difficulty organizing longer written assignments
  • Difficulty editing own work
  • Avoids homework
  • Decreased self-confidence
  • Hard time completing assignments on their own
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Poor grades in many classes 
  • May drop out of high school


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