Dyslexia Facts
Get the facts about dyslexia...and HELP a child.

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Warning Signs*      
If a child has 3 or more of the following warning signs, encourage the  child's parents and teachers to learn more about dyslexia.

In Preschool      

  • Delayed speech
  • Mixes sounds/syllables up in long words
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Severe reactions to childhood illnesses
  • Constant confusion of left versus right
  • Late establishing dominant hand
  • Difficulty 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

In Elementary and Middle School


  • Dysgraphia
  • Letter or number reversals past the end of first grade
  • Extreme difficulty learning cursive
  • Slow, choppy, inaccurate reading
    • Guesses based on shape or context
    • Skips or misreads prepositions
    • Ignores suffixes
    • Can't sound out words
  • Terrible spelling
  • Often can’t remember sight words or homonyms
  • Difficulty telling time on a clock with hands
  • Trouble with math
    • Memorizing multiplication tables
    • Memorizing a sequence of steps
  • In speaking, difficulty finding correct word
  • In speaking, difficulty finding correct word
    • Lots of "whatyamacallits" and "thingies"
    • Common sayings come out slightly twisted
  • Extremely messy room, backpack, and desk
  • Dreads going to school
    • Stomach aches and/or headaches
    • May have nightmares about school

In High School      

Previous signs cited plus:

  • Limited Vocabulary
  • Extremely poor written expression
    • Large discrepancy between verbal skills and written composition
  • Unable to master a foreign language
  • Difficulty reading printed music
  • Poor grades in many classes
  • May drop out of high school

In Adults   

Previous signs cited plus:
  • Slow reader
  • May need to re-read page 2 or 3 times to understand text
  • Terrible speller
  • Difficulty putting thought on paper
  • Difficulty with left versus right
  • Often gets lost, even in familiar city
  • Confuses letters such as b and d, markedly when tired or sick

*Provided courtesy of Bright Solutions for Dyslexia.  
  Copyright 2002 by Susan Barton.  All Rights Reserved.

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