Dyslexia Tell-Tale Signs

DYSLEXIA: what are the tell-tale signs?

Throughout their school careers a dyslexic child may:

  •  Appear bright and able, but can’t get their thoughts down on paper
  • Become withdrawn and isolated, sitting at the back and not participating
  •  Be able to do one thing at a time very well but can’t remember an entire list
  •  Look ‘glazed’ when language is spoken too quickly
  • Go home exhausted at the end of a normal school day because they have put so much effort into learning
  • Be bullied

 Pre-school children may:

    • A difficulty learning nursery rhymes or the name for things, like ‘table’ or ‘chair’
    •  Enjoyment in being read to but showing no interest in letters or words
    • Frequent accusations of not paying attention
    • Continuing difficulties in getting dressed and putting shoes on the correct feet
    • Problems with catching, kicking or throwing a ball or with hopping or skipping
    • Difficulty clapping a simple rhythm
    • Delayed speech development

 Primary school children may have:

    •  A poor sense of direction and confuse left and right
    • Difficulty tying shoe laces
    • A discrepancy between receptive and expressive language
    •  Short-term memory limitations e.g. finding it hard to remember times tables, the alphabet or classroom instructions
    • Have pronounced reading difficulties – hesitant and laboured reading, loss of place in text, muddling words that look alike, difficulties in saying multi-syllabic words, problems understanding what they have read
    • Difficulties with writing and spelling – messy work, confusion of similar letters, bizarre spelling, confusion between upper and lower case letters

A young person at secondary school may:

    • Experience the same problems as at primary school
    • Suffer poor confidence and low self-esteem
    • Forget which books to bring to class
    • Have difficulty organising life around a timetable
    •  Have problems trying to write down notes at speed, and completing work on time
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