Symptoms of dyslexia

What are the symptoms of dyslexia? The earlier dyslexia is diagnosed, the sooner intervention can help children overcome their learning difficulties. This list from the Dybuster website shows that early symptoms may include difficulty with:

  • Learning the alphabet in the correct order
  • Associating sounds with their corresponding letters
  • Identifying or generating rhyming words or counting syllables in words
  • Segmenting words into individual sounds, or blending sounds to make words
  • Word retrieval or naming problems
  • Distinguishing between similar sounds in words; mixing up sounds in multi-syllable words (for example, “aminal” for animal, “bisghetti” for spaghetti)

Older children may exhibit:

  • Slow or inaccurate reading
  • Very poor spelling
  • Difficulty reading out loud, reading words in the wrong order, skipping words and sometimes saying a word similar to another word
  • Difficulty with associating individual words with their correct meanings
  • Difficulty with time keeping and concept of time when performing certain tasks
  • Difficulty with organizational skills
  • Failure to see (and occasionally to hear) similarities and difference in letters and words