Warning Signs of Dyslexia

*Taken from the Bright Solutions for Dyslexia website

Susan Barton warns that if your child has 3 or more of the following warning signs, you should encourage the child’s parents and teachers to learn more about dyslexia.

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 in learning to tie shoes

-trouble memorizing their address, phone number, or the alphabet

-can’t create words that rhyme

-has a close relative with dyslexia

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 cannot remember sight words (they, were, does) or homonyms (their, they’re, there)

-difficulty telling time on a clock with hands

-trouble with math:  memorizing multiplication tables; memorizing a sequence of steps; directionality

-when speaking, difficulty in finding the correct word

-extremely messy bedroom, backpack, and desk

-dreads going to school:  complains of stomach aches and/or headaches

High School:

All of the above symptoms plus:

-limited vocabulary

-extremely poor written expression

-unable to master a foreign language

-difficulty reading printed music

-poor grades in many classes

-may drop out of high school

Adults:

Education history similar to above, plus:

-slow reader

-may have to read page 2 or 3 times to understand it

-terrible at spelling

-difficulty putting thoughts on paper

-still has difficulty with right and left

-often gets lost, even in familiar settings

-can still confuse b and d, especially if tired or sick

TO LEARN MORE, go to http://www.brightsolutions.us

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