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What Dyslexia Looks Like

Early Childhood:

  • Late Talker
  • Mixing up the sounds and syllables in long words
  • Difficulty in creating words that rhyme
  • Difficulty learning the alphabet, nursery rhymes, or songs
  • Difficulty with word retrieval or naming problems.
  • ​Close relative with Dyslexia

Elementary school:

  • Difficulty learning to read
  • Difficulty identifying or generating rhyming words, or counting syllables in words (phonological awareness)
  •  Difficulty with hearing and manipulating words (phonological processing)
  • Difficulty in learning the sounds of letters (phonics)
  • Misreading  or omitting common short words
  • Slow oral reading
  • ​Poor reading comprehension during oral or silent reading, often because words are not accurately read
  • Many spelling mistakes
  • ​May do well on weekly spelling tests, but may have many spelling mistakes in daily work


Common symptoms that occur with dyslexia:

  • Difficulty naming colors, objects, and letters rapidly, in a sequence
  • Weak memory for lists and directions
  • Inconsistent school work
  • Distracted by visual or auditory  stimuli
  • Teacher says, "If only she would try harder," or "He's lazy"

Is My Child Dyslexic? Published by The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) 2008