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Symptoms of Dyslexia

In Preschool: 
• Delayed speech    
• Mixing up the sounds & 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
• Cannot create words that rhyme   
• A close relative with dyslexia   


In Elementary School:

• Dysgraphia (slow, non-automatic, hard to read handwriting)
• Letter or number reversals (continuing past the end of first grade)
• Extreme difficulty learning cursive
• Slow, choppy, inaccurate reading
      - Guesses based on shape or content
      - Skips or misreads prepositions (at, to, of)
      - Ignores suffixes
      - Cannot sound out unknown words
• Extremely poor spelling
• Often cannot remember sight words ( they, were, does)
• Often cannot remember homonyms (their, they’re, there)
• Difficulty telling time on a clock with hands
• Problems in math:
      - Memorizing multiplication tables
      - Memorizing a sequence of steps
      - Directionality
• Difficulty in finding the correct word
      - Lots of “whatchamacallit” & “thingies”
      - Common sayings come out slightly twisted
• Extremely messy bedroom, backpack & desk
• Dreads going to school
      - Complains of stomachaches or headaches
      - May have nightmares about school 


In High School:

All of the other symptoms plus:
• Limited vocabulary
• Extremely poor written expression
      - Large discrepancy between verbal skills and written
• Unable to master a foreign language
• Difficulty in reading printed music
• Poor grades in many classes
• May drop out of high school   


As Adults:               

Education history similar to above plus:
• May have to read a page 2 or 3 times to understand it
• Extremely poor spelling   
• Difficulty in 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 & d, especially when tired or sick

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