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In Preschool:


  • Delayed speech.

  • Mixing up sounds / syllables in long words.

  • Constant confusion of left versus right.

  • Late establishing a dominant hand.

  • Difficulty learning to tie shoes.

  • Trouble memorizing their address, phone number, or the alphabet.

  • Can’t create words that rhyme.

  • A close relative with dyslexia.

In Elementary School:


  • Letter or number reversals continuing past the end of first grade, b - d

  • 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

  • Difficulty telling time with a clock with hands.

  • When speaking difficulty finding the correct word lots of “whatyamacallits” and “thingies”.

  • Extremely messy bedroom, backpack, and desk.

In Adults:


  • Slow readers

  • May have to read a page 2 or 3 times to understand it.

  • Terrible speller.

  • Difficulty putting thoughts onto paper.

  • Still has difficulty with right versus left.

  • Sometimes confuses b and d, especially when tired or sick.

Sources: Bright Solutions for Dyslexia International Dyslexia Association

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