Do you think your child might be dyslexic?

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 or call (210) 495-2626.

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