Dyslexia Symptoms


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A dyslexic child would display some, but not all of the dyslexia symptoms described here. Each dyslexic child is different, and these dyslexia symptoms are among the more common ones.

Child’s achievement does not match his ability

A child appears to be quite bright when talking to others, but is seen to be struggling when he/she is reading, spelling or doing math; this may be a strong indication that the child may be dyslexic. Among the common dyslexia symptoms, the child may be quite able in areas like art, drama or swimming and sports. But they may have some differently configured neural links in their brains which make it difficult for them to cope with text matter without additional support.

Reading two grade levels below the norm is one of the possible dyslexia symptoms. Of course, this could also be due to factors like long absence from school because of illness.

Dyslexia is often hereditary, so it may be inherited from the genes. It can also be the result of ear infections in early childhood. In both cases, the young child finds it difficult to distinguish between words that sound similar.

Spelling difficulties

Spelling difficulties is among the most common dyslexia symptoms among children. Often, dyslexic children first attract our attention to their condition when they make spelling errors in simple, short words. Sometimes, a dyslexic child will spell the words in a rational, not phonetic manner, such as pleeze for please, dus for does, nock for knock, serch for search etc.

Difficulty with left and right

One of the dyslexia symptoms, you can verify this problem by asking the child to use his/her right hand to point to your left foot. There may be similar difficulties with east and west, so that the child will find it difficult to follow a direction like ‘walk to the end of the road and then turn right, then left’ etc.

Writing letters backwards

Writing letters backwards is one of the dyslexia symptoms. Dyslexic children mix up b and d, p and q, was and saw. These letters appear the same in mirror image and they regularly confuse dyslexic persons. Some students always like to write the letter ‘b’ as the upper case ‘B’ as they find it easier to remember.

Difficulty with math

Difficulty with sequencing is another of the dyslexia symptoms. Dyslexic children find it difficult to get things in the right order, and math depends on number sequencing like 2,4,6,8,10 etc. While most people are aware that dyslexic children have trouble reading and spelling, many don’t know that math can pose a challenge for them too.

Difficulty getting organized

One may be under the impression that all children are messy and disorganized, but dyslexic children find it particularly difficult to organize their lives, to think ahead and find a pen or a book when it is needed. They may be helped in getting their papers and folders organized with an easy color coded system.

Difficulty following instructions

Another common dyslexia symptom, a dyslexic child finds it difficult to follow two or three step instructions which require sequencing as well as memory skills.


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