Signs of Dyslexia

In young children

  • Delayed speech
  • Ear infections
  • Difficulty learning to tie shoe laces
  • Can’t create words which rhyme
  • A close relative with dyslexia

In primary school

  • Letter or number reversals past the end of Key Stage One
  • Slow handwriting that is difficult to read
  • Makes up the story in reading book (often very well!)
  • Skips or misreads prepositions (at, to, of)
  • Terrible spelling, can’t retain words learned for tests
  • Difficulty telling time on a clock with hands
  • Trouble learning tables
  • Messy room, backpack and desk

Anxiety about going to school (stomach ache, nightmares, bed-wetting)

In secondary school

  • Copes verbally but cannot get it down on paper
  • Unable to master a foreign language
  • Limited vocabulary, especially in writing
  • Poor grades
  • Difficulty reading printed music

In adults

  • Makes mistakes when writing cheques
  • Gets the numbers mixed up when using the telephone and has difficulty taking messages accurately
  • Mixes up dates and times and misses appointments
  • Finds forms difficult and confusing