Warning Signs of Dyslexia

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

In Preschool

• Delayed speech

• Mixing up the sounds and syllables in long words

• 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

• Slow, choppy, inaccurate reading:

–  Guessing words, skipping prepositions and suffixes, etc.

• 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

• When speaking, difficulty finding the correct word

–  Lots of “whatyamacallits” and “thingies”

–  Common sayings come out slightly twisted

• Dreads going to school

In High School

All prior symptoms plus:

• Limited vocabulary

• Extremely poor written expression

– Large discrepancy between verbal skills and written compositions

• Unable to grasp a foreign language

• Difficulty reading printed music

• Poor grades in many classes

• May drop out of high school

In Adults

Education history similar to left, 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.