06 Oct What are the common signs of dyslexia?
Although no two people who have dyslexia will experience identical symptoms, here is a brief list of some common signs dyslexia might be present. NB A checklist can never provide diagnosis alone, and you should seek a full diagnostic assessment and report from a trained professional if you wish to find out more.
- Has a relative who had literacy difficulties
- Says ‘thingy’, ‘whatsit’, or points, instead of naming (word finding difficulties)
- Has difficulty sounding out words and / or spelling
- Confuses maths symbols: +, -, ÷, ×
- Has difficulty learning times tables and remembering number bonds
- Finds learning sequences such as of days of the week, months of the year and / or the alphabet difficult
- Has a history of slow speech development
- Is excessively tired after school
- Exhibits symptoms of school anxiety, complaining of illness, fearing the end of holidays, poor behaviour at school etc.
- Has been labelled lazy, careless, or told they make silly mistakes