Common Signs of Dyslexia

Here are some common signs families may notice …

• Difficulty or anxiety with reading and comprehension.
• Poor or inconsistent spelling.
• Avoids writing, or describes it as very hard.
• Reversing, repeating, or leaving out letters or words when reading or writing.
• Good spoken vocabulary, but may have difficulty thinking of words or getting to the point.
• Learns better through hands-on experience than through reading.
• Smart, with a great memory for places, events, and conversations.
• Good people skills, with sense of fairness.
• Gets along better with younger children and adults, than with their peers.
• Trouble with math computations like multiplication and division.
• Struggles with telling time, counting money, or reading a ruler.
• Difficulty with sequencing, organizing, or managing materials and tasks.
• Strong visual and spatial talents, as seen in architects, designers, artists
and craftspeople, mathematicians, physicists, physicians and dentists.
Sometimes, children with dyslexia may also have difficulties with auditory processing – correctly storing and retrieving information they hear.  About half may also have ADHD or ADD.  Other information processing learning differences include dysgraphia (difficulty with handwriting, math and other symbols, and sometimes comprehension) or dyscalculia (math but not language processing difficulties). More information about other learning differences can be found under the Dyslexia Resources main menu tab.