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    Warning Symptoms of Reading Difficulties or Dyslexia

This short list of possible symptoms is not intended to be all inclusive or diagnostic. No two people with dyslexia, just as no two people with freckles, are exactly alike. The presence of multiple symptoms, the degree of their severity, and the extent to which they impact individuals indicate the need to consider a professional assessment for reading problems that require intervention.

  • numerous ear or inner ear infections during early years
  • a noticeable difference in ability versus achievement in school
  • non-age appropriate difficulty with reading or spelling
  • left/right confusion
  • difficulty with writing grip
  • mixing the order of letters or numbers (1492-1942, faimly, freinds,loose-lose)
  • difficulty hearing, pronouncing, and reading sh and ch words (church, such, slush, clutch, crunch, crush, shush)
  • difficulty hearing or pronouncing similar words (woman-women, pitcher-picture)
  • family blood relatives who also experienced difficulty with reading skills
  • easily loses reading place
  • moves lips in exaggerated manner while attempting difficult words
  • seems intelligent but reads slowly
  • takes more time than peers to complete reading homework regardless of subject
  • recognizes whole words but not the spelling 
  • verbalizes sentences but has no comprehension of what was read
  • reads words of similar appearance that make context meaningless (substitutes sit-sat-set, fiction-friction, sampling-sapling-slanting)
  • difficulties organizing daily routines and immediate environment
  • difficulty following 3 or more step instructions (Go to the front door. Pick up the newspaper. Put it on the kitchen counter by the refrigerator.)
  • difficulty sequencing days, weeks, months
  • difficulty expressing thoughts or finding appropriate words
  • reads intensely yet slowly - physically tires while reading or writing
  • doesn't always understand what others say
  • uses analogies while trying to explain a situation
  • gets headaches while reading or complains that the words seem to move
  • difficulty organizing ideas while writing about a witnessed event

Everyone has experienced some these things. How many occur, how often they occur, how intense the situation is, the degree of disability that they cause, and the interference in reading, learning and understanding determine the need for reading intervention and tutoring. Hopefully, this gives you a better idea of whether or not specialized reading instruction is needed for your child.

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