If a child has 3 or more of the following warning signs, encourage that child’s parents and

teachers to learn more about dyslexia.


  • delayed speech

  • mixing up the sounds and syllables in long words

  • chronic ear infections

  • severe reactions to childhood illnesses

  • 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


All of the symptoms for previous years plus:

  • limited vocabulary

  • extremely poor written expression

    • large discrepancy between verbal skills and written compositions

  • unable to master a foreign language

  • difficulty reading printed music

  • poor grades in many classes

  • may drop out of high school


  • dysgraphia (slow, non-automatic handwriting that is difficult to read)

  • letter or number reversals continuing past the end of first grade

  • extreme difficulty learning cursive

  • 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

  • often can’t remember sight words (they, were, does) or homonyms (their, they’re, and there)

  • difficulty telling time with a clock with hands

  • trouble with math

    • memorizing multiplication tables

    • memorizing a sequence of steps

    • directionality

  • when speaking, difficulty finding the correct word

    • lots of “whatyamacallits” and “thingies”

    • common sayings come out slightly twisted

  • extremely messy bedroom, backpack, and desk

  • dreads going to school

    • complains of stomach aches or headaches

    • may have nightmares about school


Education history similar to above, plus:

  • slow reader

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

  • terrible speller

  • difficulty putting thoughts onto paper

    • dreads writing memos or letters

  • still has difficulty with right versus left

  • often gets lost, even in a familiar city

  • sometimes confuses b and d, especially when tired or sick


Bright Solutions for Dyslexia
Email: info@BrightSolutions.US
(408) 559-3652

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