• Late learning to talk
  • Difficulty pronouncing words
  • Difficulty acquiring vocabulary and grammar
  • Difficulty following directions
  • Confusion with before/after, right/left, and so on
  • Difficulty learning the alphabet, nursery rhymes, or songs
  • Difficulty with word retrieval or naming problems
  • Difficulty putting ideas on paper
  • Many spelling mistakes
  • May do well on weekly spelling tests, but may have many spelling mistakes in daily work
  • Difficulty proofreading  

Oral Language

  • Difficulty learning to read
  • Difficulty identifying or generating rhyming words, or               counting syllables in words (phonological awareness)
  • Difficulty with hearing and manipulating sounds in words            (phonemic awareness)
  • Difficulty distinguishing different sounds in words                        (phonological processing)
  • Difficulty in learning the sounds of letters (phonics)
  • Difficulty remembering names and shapes of letters
  • Transposing the order of letters when reading or spelling
  • Misreading or omitting common short words
  • “Stumbles” through longer words
  • Poor reading comprehension during oral or silent                   reading, often because words are not accurately read
  • Slow, laborious oral reading 
  • Difficulty counting accurately
  • May misread numbers
  • Difficulty memorizing and retrieving math facts
  • Difficulty copying math problems and organizing writing
  • Many calculation errors
  • Difficulty retaining math vocabulary and concepts 


​If your child is having difficulties learning to read and you have noted several of these characteristics in your child, he or she may need to be evaluated for dyslexia or a related disorder.     

Other Common Symptoms

​Is My Child Dyslexic?
Individuals with dyslexia have trouble with reading, writing, spelling and/or math even though they have the ability and have had opportunities to learn. Individuals with dyslexia can learn, but they often need specialized instruction to overcome the problem. Often these individuals, who have talented and productive minds, are said to have a language learning difference.  Most of us have one or two of these characteristics. That does not mean that everyone has dyslexia.  A person with dyslexia usually has several of these characteristics that persist  and interfere with functioning over time.

Dysgraphia (Handwriting)

  • Inattention
  • Variable attention
  • Distractibility
  • Impulsivity
  • Hyperactivity
  • Dyspraxia (Motor skills)
  • Difficulty planning and coordinating body movements
  • Difficulty coordinating facial muscles to produce sounds
  • Executive Function/Organization
  • Loses papers
  • Poor sense of time
  • Forgets homework
  • Messy desk
  • Overwhelmed by too much input
  • Works slowly

Signs of Dyslexia

  • Unsure of handedness
  • Poor or slow handwriting
  • Messy and unorganized papers
  • Difficulty copying
  • Poor fine motor skills
  • Difficulty remembering the kinestheticmovements to form letters correctly
  • Difficulty naming colors, objects, and letters rapidly, in a   sequence (RAN:rapid automatized naming)
  • Weak memory for lists, directions, or facts
  • Needs to see or hear concepts many times to learn them
  • Distracted by visual or auditory stimuli
  • Downward trend in achievement test scores and grades
  • Inconsistent school work
  • Teacher says, “If only she would try harder” 
  • Relatives may have similar problems

ADHD--Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (Attention)

Dyscalculia (Math)

Written Language

Illuminations Center for Dyslexia

302 17th Street

Meridian, MS​ 39301
(601) 484-7430

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