Indications of dyslexia
These are the main general indicators of dyslexia.
Not everyone will display all of them but if you find there is a serious ‘cluster’, you may be right to be concerned.
Ages seven to eleven
- Has particular difficulty with reading and spelling
- Puts letters or figures the wrong way round
- Has difficulty remembering tables, the alphabet, etc
- Leaves letters out of words or puts them in the wrong order
- Confuses ‘b’ and ‘d’ and words such as ‘no/on’
- Has poor concentration
- Has problems understanding what he or she has read
- Takes longer than average to do written work
- Has difficulties telling left from right, the order of days and/or the weeks/months of the year, telling the time or understanding the concept of time
- Lacks confidence and has a poor self image
- Has poor motor skills leading to weakness in handwriting and presentation
- Has dyslexia in the family
- Surprises you because in other ways he or she is bright and alert
Age twelve to adult
Along with some or all of the indications on the left, additional weaknesses can include:
- Difficulty with note taking
- Difficulty planning and writing longer pieces of work
- Difficulties reading and understanding new terminology
- Erratic performance
- Unsuccessful revision techniques
- Poor organisation skills – books/appointments/lessons
- Work suffers when under pressure of time
How can I help?
If you have concerns, get in touch for an informal chat.
An assessment may be the answer to understanding in detail your child’s difficulties. Intervention and support in the early years can be crucial for a child’s progress but all children can be helped, even by late intervention.
To read about the possible implications, please look at Overview of Dyslexia.
Get In Touch
For dyslexia support covering Herefordshire, Shropshire, Powys and West Midlands, please phone: 01547 540 606