Dyslexia Symptoms: Children

Of all the discussed Dyslexia Symptoms, children are most often the focus. One or two dyslexia symptoms in children, does not mean that a child has dyslexia. For example, Joey can’t write, but he’s a great reader. Even though dyslexia affects writing, not all children who have writing issues are dyslexic. Or, because Penny reverses her numbers, doesn’t mean she’s got the problem, either.

Children with dyslexia have many common symptoms that are apparent for years. These children struggle with reading, writing and spelling in spite of having the intellectual ability and adequate educational opportunities to learn these basic skills.  Usually if one or more relatives suffer from dyslexia symptoms, children of the relatives are likely to have dyslexic symptoms, too.

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If you are concerned that your child may have dyslexia because he/she is struggling with reading, writing and spelling take the following quiz:

As a preschooler, did your child

  • learn to talk late?
  • have difficulty pronouncing words?
  • have difficulty following directions?
  • have difficulty learning the alphabet?
  • have difficulty learning nursery rhymes or songs?

As a kindergartner, first or second grader, does your child

  • have difficulty learning to read, write and spell?
  • have difficulty rhyming words?
  • have difficulty hearing and manipulating sounds in words?
  • have difficulty with syllables?
  • have difficulty learning the sounds of letters and the different sounds in words?
  • have difficulty with the order of letters when reading or spelling?
  • misread or omit common short words?
  • omit or insert words?
  • read slowly and struggle through words that she just read?
  • have difficulty putting words and ideas on paper?  (may be dysgraphia and not dyslexia)
  • do well on spelling tests, but spells the same words incorrectly on daily work?
  • have difficulty naming colors, objects and letters automatically.
  • If you answered yes to three or more of these symptoms, contact us. We can help you determine what to discuss when you contact your child’s teacher, the school’s reading teacher, the school psychologist and/or your pediatrician to discuss your concerns. Knowing the right questions to ask will go a long way to save your sanity.

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