In Preschool
  • delayed speech
  • mixing the sounds and syllables in long
  • chronic ear infections
  • stuttering
  • 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
  • can't create words that rhyme
  • has a close relative with dyslexia

In Elementary School
  • has slow, non-automatic handwriting that
    is difficult to read
  • letter or number reversals continuing past
    the end of first grade
  • extreme difficulty learning cursive
  • slow, choppy, inaccurate oral reading
  • guesses based on shape or context
  • skips or misreads prepositions (at,
    to, of)
  • ignores suffixes
  • can't sound out unknown words
  • terrible spelling
  • often can't remember sight words (they,
    were, does) or homonyms (their, there,
  • difficulty telling time with a clock with
  • trouble with math
  • memorizing multiplication tables
  • memorizing a sequence of steps
  • directionality
  • when speaking, difficulty finding the
    correct word
  • lots of "whatyamacllits" and
  • common sayings come out slightly
  • extremely messy bedroom, backpack,
  • dreads going to school
  • complains of stomach aches or
  • may have nightmares about school
In High School
All the above symptoms, plus:
  • limited vocabulary
  • extremely poor written expression
  • large discrepancy between verbal skills
    and written compositions
  • unable to master a foreign language
  • difficulty reading printed music
  • poor grades in many classes
  • may drop out of school

In Adults
Education history similar to above, plus:
  • slow reader
  • may have to read a page 2 or 3 times to
    understand it
  • terrible speller
  • difficulty 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 and d, especially
    when tired or sick
Warning Signs of  Dyslexia
If you notice any of these in your child, we encourage you to learn
more about dyslexia.
To Learn More:
Link to this timely article
published at Cornell
University by Dr. Elise