Warning Signs of Dyslexia

If your child has 3 or more of the following signs,  please learn more about dyslexia by watching the videos below.

In Preschool

delayed speech, mixed 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 based on shape or context, skips or misreads prepositions (at, to, of), ignores suffixes, can’t sound out unknown words, terrible speller, often can’t remember sight words (they, were, does) or homonyms (their, there, they’re), difficulty telling time on a clock with hands, trouble with math – memorizing multiplication tables, memorizing a sequence of steps, directionality, when speaking – difficulty finding the right word, lots of “whatyamacallits” and “thingies”, common sayings come out slightly twisted, extremely messy backpack, bedroom, and desk, dreads going to school – complains of stomach aches and headaches or may have nightmares about school

In High School

All of the above symptoms plus: limited vocabulary, extremely poor expression, a large discrepancy between verbal skills and written compositions, unable to master a foreign language, difficult 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

Reprinted with prior permission from Susan Barton, Founder of Bright Solutions for Dyslexia. Copyright 2002 by Susan Barton. All Rights Reserved.

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