SIGNS of Dyslexia



Dyslexia is not an illness or a diseases. Dyslexia is, in layman’s terms, the way the brain is wired. It is not correlated to intelligence at all. In fact, most Dyslexics have average or above average levels of intelligence and are often very quick learners in many ways, but they experience some difficulty in areas such as reading – a one of the signs of Dyslexia.

Dyslexia is not age specific either, it is something that both adults and children live with every day. Once you can positively identify some of the signs of Dyslexia in yourself or your child, you can then seek out ways to manage it by learning simple strategies to overcome difficulty’s that would otherwise cause problems.
The common signs of dyslexia are listed below, and the check boxes are categorised into different age groups. These traits and behaviours are common indicators when you are conducting a preliminary assessment with yourself or your child, and can assist you in your quest to find a solution. You may find that these signs of dyslexia vary according to the state of mind of the applicant. Some days, the feeling of disorientation or confusion can trigger more traits to be present – so this Quick Guide is simply a basic indicator to the possibility of Dyslexia being present in an individual.


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Signs of Dyslexia – Grades K-4
Slow to learn the connection between letters and sound
Confuses basic words (run, eat, want)
Makes consistent reading and spelling errors including letter reversals/inversions/transpositions/substitutions
Transposes number sequences and confuses arithmetic signs (+, -, x, /, =)
Trouble learning numbers, alphabet, days of the week, colours, shapes
Slow to learn new skills, relies on memorization
Impulsive, difficulty planning
Unstable pencil grip
Trouble learning about time
Poor coordination, unaware of physical surroundings, prone to accidents
Signs of Dyslexia – Grades 5-8
Reverses letter sequences (soiled/solid, left/felt)
Slow to learn prefixes, suffixes, root words, and other spelling strategies
Avoids reading aloud
Trouble with word problems
Difficulty with handwriting
Awkward, fist-like, or tight pencil grip
Avoids writing assignments/homework
Slow or poor recall of facts
Unstable pencil grip
Difficulty making friends
Trouble understanding body language and facial expressions

Signs of Dyslexia – High School and Adults
Continues to spell incorrectly
Spells the same word differently when writing
Trouble summarizing
Weak memory skills
Difficulty adjusting to new settings
Works slowly
Poor grasp of abstract concepts
Pays little attention to details
Misreads information
Signs of Dyslexia – Preschool
Speaks later than most children
Pronunciation problems
Slow vocabulary growth, often unable to find the right word
Difficulty rhyming words
Trouble learning numbers, alphabet, days of the week, colours, shapes
Extremely restless and easily distracted
Trouble interacting with peers
Difficulty following directions or routines
Fine motor skills slow to develop


If you have ticked 4 or more of these ‘Signs of Dyslexia’ check boxes for your age group it is possible that you or your child may be Dyslexic. For more information about Dyslexia, visit our Free Learning Page CLICK HERE


This quick guide is only an indication for Dyslexia. If you would like a Formal Assessment or Diagnosis CLICK HERE



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