20 Common Dyslexia Symptoms

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Note:  This post was edited on October 16, 2018 to add a helpful video by Clinician Tori Whaley.

Children can begin to show signs of a learning disability as early as the preschool years. While every case of dyslexia is unique to the individual, there are many common traits and behaviors of a dyslexic. We have compiled a list of 20 of the most common dyslexia symptoms to help you identify if your child is at risk.

Keep in mind that many of these are symptoms of dyslexia, not causes of dyslexia. These are listed in no particular order.

  1. Complications with reading

  2. Difficulty spelling words in writing products

  3. Low Confidence or behavioral problems

  4. Letter and/or number reversals (transposing)

  5. Problems with pronunciation

  6. Omitting sounds or letters when reading and writing

  7. Complaints of headaches

  8. Difficulty reading aloud

  9. Confusion of left and right

  10. Problems with writing tools like pencils or pens

  11. Trouble with sequenced instructions

  12. Guessing, skipping or replacing words instead of sounding out

  13. Strong oral comprehension and weak reading comprehension

  14. Letters on a page appear to move, appear “blurry” or “out of focus” ***

  15. Difficulty with organization and time management

  16. Inability to differentiate speech sounds

  17. Difficulty repeating phrases or sentences

  18. Embarrassed by grades

  19. Flash cards and memorization don’t work

  20. Reading below grade level or peers

This video discusses how some of these symptoms may show up in your child and when intervention is needed:

If you have a child exhibiting any of the symptoms listed above, strongly consider seeking clinical help because children with dyslexia who do not read proficiently by third grade face challenging odds. In fact, research indicates they are four times more likely to drop out of high school. One option is online dyslexia therapy from a program like ours at Lexercise. We guarantee that a dyslexic child will improve one whole grade level within two months or your third month is free. You can administer a free dyslexia test if you are unsure if your child has a problem and you can also request a free consultation with a Lexercise therapist to discuss your concerns.

Untitled design (3)Special Thanks to Eryn Feeney for contributing to this blog.

***Note Dyslexia is not a vision problem, but these symptoms may be how dyslexic children try to communicate about their struggles.


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Marie Lunney

Marie struggled with reading, writing and spelling as a child and knows the frustrations of finding and receiving language therapy. She has since overcome her childhood struggles and recently graduated Cum Laude from Elon University with a BS/BA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. Marie is enthusiastic about helping families find convenient, personalized and effective language therapy.