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Advocating For Your Child With Dyslexia

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

• 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 High School

All of the prior 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

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:

–  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


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

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