Parent Resources and Dyslexia Information

Important Videos

Could It Be Dyslexia?

Classroom Accommodations for Dyslexic Students

Barton System 20 Minute Demo

Dyslexia 411


Bright Solutions for Dyslexia



Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz

The Dyslexia Advantage by Brock L. Edie and Fernette F. Edie


Warning Signs of Dyslexia

If a child has 3 or more of the following warning signs, it could be dyslexia. To learn more about dyslexia, please visit Bright Solutions for Dyslexia.

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
tired or sick

Reprinted with permission from Susan Barton, founder of Bright Solutions for Dyslexia.

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