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Signs Your Child May Have Dyslexia

15 Signs Your Child May Have Dyslexia

The following information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.

One out of every five children in the United States has dyslexia, a language-based learning disorder that can cause difficulties with spelling, writing, reading fluency, and word recognition. Early diagnosis can be extremely helpful, so here we're sharing a rundown of the early signs of dyslexia in children.

Generally, symptoms of dyslexia include slow speech development, difficulty gauging directions, problems understanding sequences, poor reading ability, bad handwriting, poor organization abilities, and poor memory about nonrelevant facts. More specifically, the following are common signs of dyslexia at various ages.


Signs of Dyslexia in Preschoolers

If you're wondering whether your preschooler may have dyslexia, the following behaviors in children aged 4 to 5 are noted as possible signs of dyslexia by the Power of Dyslexia.

  • Constant switching from left to right hand when drawing, coloring, or writing
  • Inability to tie shoe laces
  • Difficulty in pronouncing words that have three or more syllables
  • Difficulty in uttering words that rhyme
  • Difficulty in learning to write
  • Problem in pronouncing "M," "N," "R," and "L"
  • Stuttering

Notably, at this age, writing letters or even words backwards isn't a sign of dyslexia. As one of our readers, Jennifer, explains: "Letter reversals and writing words backwards is very common since children at this age are still learning the direction of print (left to right). Most children self correct the problem during kindergarten and first grade."

Signs a Grade-Schooler Has Dyslexia

Many children are diagnosed with dyslexia in elementary or middle school, when they begin to struggle in school in comparison with their peers. "I noticed my nephew was dyslexic in second grade," shares Rosalie G. "I was helping him with math homework and figured out why his answers were wrong. (Example: 62-12=50 right? His answer was 5. He was inverting the numbers so he saw the equation as 26-21.)"

The Power of Dyslexia notes the following signs of dyslexia in children aged 6 to 12.

  • Weak in spelling and handwriting abilities
  • Slow, disrupted reading (and committing similar mistakes every time)
  • Difficulty in telling the time
  • Struggles with math problems or concepts
  • Difficulty finding the right words when expressing themselves
  • Mispronunciation of common words
  • Untidy lockers, bedrooms, and bags
  • Difficulty in remembering telephone numbers or a series of numbers

Whether signs become apparent at age 5 or age 8, many moms advise you take action as soon as you notice. As Tina J. notes: "The longer a disability is left without appropriate interventions the more time the child has to lose ego strength and self confidence."

The preceding information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.

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AmandaBennett52977 AmandaBennett52977 3 years

My son is dyslexic as are we and it's not just a matter of letters being the wrong ways around.unfortunatly it's not recognised here in Australian schools,we seem way behind the rest of the world.

BrandiRodgers66234 BrandiRodgers66234 3 years

If you think it's any possibilities he has a learning disability the sooner you have him tested the better. Take him to a psychologist, they are best to test for learning disabilities. Doctors just aren't as trained in this area as they are, no disrespect to dr's. My daughter is dyslexic. One of the major things we noticed was inconsistency with school work, one day she would know something, the next day she would look at it like she had never seen it before. Of course there were other clues like writing 52 instead of 25, or M instead of W. But the therapist that tested her told me the inconsistency was a big sign. Maybe your son acting out isn't that he's trying to get attention, maybe he's ADHD. Maybe him trying to get others to do his work is b/c he truly can't do it that day (inconsistency). He may have no other way to tell you other than acting out, b/c he doesn't know what's going on either.

I don't know him or you & I'm not trying to sound critical or pass judgment, so I hope I don't sound that way. I just have seen my daughter struggle & I want to help others if I can. When my daughter was diagnosed I felt helpless, so I just want to help other parents if I can. Good Luck!

ValenciaBedard8672 ValenciaBedard8672 3 years

Yes it was vague, I wonder about my son because he still confuses B and D and says he can't remember, and has other symptoms listed under grade schooler signs, such as problems expressing what he wants to say, so I was hoping for some solid help here but I guess they just wanted to give basics and let the parent dig deeper themselves by going to their doctor (or another agency such as children's mental health services which is free btw), but now I'm left worried and not sure if I should precede or not, or just try a tutor because my son is stubborn, I know he knows how to do things he pretends not to so he can get attention or have someone do the work for him, so frustrating lol.

FlorenceKerkaert FlorenceKerkaert 3 years

These are signs that your child might have a learning disability. Dyslexia is one of many learning disabilities. They listed signs and symptoms of multiple learning disabilities (dysgraphia, dyscaculus, and many others) and put it all under dyslexia which is factually incorrect.

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