Could It Be Dyslexia?

Have you ever wondered if your child or student has dyslexia?  One in five does, so that means that in any given classroom, approximately six to seven students have dyslexia.  Sadly, it is often not diagnosed since these dyslexic students are truly intelligent.

Following is a list of symptoms of dyslexia.  Take a look at the list and check to see if your student might just be one of these students.

Does the child:

  1. have a high oral vocabulary but cannot translate it into reading or writing?

  2. seem to be in a “fog” a lot of the time – spacing out or daydreaming?

  3. write and read letters or words backward after the first grade?

  4. have an unorganized desk,backpack,or room?

  5. have excellent long term memory but can’t remember simple instructions or details?

  6. exhibit an extreme difference between ability and achievement?

  7. have a family history of learning problems or dyslexia?

  8. learn to read by memorizing words?

  9. spell phonetically or inconsistently?

  10. have a difficult time with 2-3 step directions?

  11. have a difficult time reading small sight words such as “the” and “an”?

  12. display poor “sounding out” skills when reading?

  13. skip lines when reading?

  14. have a difficult time with left and right?

  15. have a difficult time with rhyming?

  16. hate school?

  17. have trouble telling time with a clock with hands?

  18. have inaccurate and labored oral reading?

  19. have an extremely fast or slow processing of information speed?

  20. either act out or withdraw in response to learning pressure?

  21. have messy handwriting?

  22. grip his/her pencil tightly or incorrectly?

  23. think of elaborate excuses to avoid school work?

  24. learn best by doing something instead of listening or watching?

  25. exhibit gifts in other areas such as art, singing, social skills?

  26. have a poor self-esteem?

  27. seem to have problems with vision but eye exams come out normal?

  28. have trouble reading with small print but does better with larger print?

  29. appear to be extremely sensitive or perceptive?

  30. make circles incorrectly, usually starting at the bottom?

  31. have a difficult time processing oral directions?

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