Indicators of Dyslexia

One of the most marked characteristics of dyslexic children is the surprising difficulty they have with reading, writing and spelling when it is clear that they are at least as able as others who have no problems

FOR A CHILD OF 8 YEARS OR UNDER

Does he / she

· Have a history of delay in speaking, making sentences or pronouncing words correctly

· Have difficulty in kicking or catching a ball

· Have difficulty with tying shoe laces, and dressing

· Have a particular difficulty with reading, spelling, telling the time

· Reverses letters b/d and numbers for longer than usual

· Have difficulty telling left and right

· Have difficulty in remembering the order of days of the week or months of the year

· Have difficulty in remembering times tables and the alphabet

· Surprise you because in other ways he / she is bright

If the answer to all or several of these questions was YES it is probable that the individual needs help. Many children have similar difficulties and they do grow out of them, but it is the number and persistence of the problem in spite of the child receiving the same teaching as his classmates, that causes concern.

FOR A CHILD 8 TO 12 YEARS

Does he / she

· Make mistakes in reading

· Make strange spelling mistakes

· Have a poor sense of direction and still confuse left and right

· Find arithmetic tables difficult

· Have problems understanding what he has read

· Take longer than average to do written work

· Lack confidence and poor self esteem

If the answer to all or several of these questions was YES it is probable that they need help. Many children have similar difficulties and they do grow out of them, but it is the number and persistence of the problem in spite of the child receiving the same teaching as his classmates, that causes concern.

FOR A CHILD 12 YEARS OR OVER

Does he /she

· Read inaccurately

· Have difficulties in spelling

· Get “tied up” using long words like preliminary, philosophical

· Have difficulty with planning and writing essays

· Have poor confidence and self esteem

· Do you have the impression that he has good and bad days

· Is there anyone else in the family with similar difficulties

If the answer to all or several of these questions was YES it is probable that they need help. Many children have similar difficulties and they do grow out of them, but it is the number and persistence of the problem in spite of the child receiving the same teaching as other classmates, that causes concern.