Dyslexia runs in the family, so the most important warning sign to look for is a relative with dyslexia.
Use this checklist as a guide to see if you should have your child tested for dyslexia.
When Your Child Was In Preeschool:
___ delayed speech
___ mixing up the sounds or syllables
___ chronic ear infections
___ severe reactions to childhood illnesses
___ constant confusion of left versus right
___ late establishing a dominant hand
___ difficulty learning to tie shoes
___ trouble memorizing his address, phone number, or the alphabet
___ can’t create words that rhyme
In Elementary School:
Educational history similar to above plus:
___ handwriting that is difficult to read
___ letter or number reversals continuing past first grade
___ extreme difficulty learning cursive
___ slow, choppy, inaccurate reading
___ guesses words based on shape or context
___ skips or misreads prepositions (at, to)
___ ignores suffixes
___ can’t sound out unknown words
___ terrible spelling
___ often can’t remember sight words (they, were, does) or homonyms (their, they’re, there)
___ difficulty telling time on a clock with hands
___ trouble with math
___ trouble memorizing multiplication tables
___ trouble memorizing a sequence of steps
___ has poor sense of directionality and gets disoriented often
___ extremely messy bedroom, backpack, and desk
___ dreads going to school
___ complains of stomach aches or headaches
___ has nightmares about school
If your child displays three of more of these characteristics, their difficulties are probably due to dyslexia. Professionals recommend evaluation for that person as soon as possible, so that he/she does not fall so far behind in school.
If you live in the San Antonio Area and would like to know if your child may need testing for dyslexia, email email@example.com or call (210) 495-2626.
To learn more about dyslexia, visit www.learningfoundations.com/dyslexia.