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Warning Signs

People with dyslexia will demonstrate at least 3 of these warning signs. If you or your child express these traits, please call for more information about how we can help or try the Free Screener for Dyslexia.


  • Delay in talking; articulation problems

  •  Difficulty recognizing and producing rhymes

  • Difficulty learning to tie their shoes

  • Difficulty remembering and following directions

  • Trouble memorizing their address, phone number or alphabet

  • Chronic ear infectionsElementary School

  • Difficulty learning sound/symbol correspondences

  • Letter or number reversal continuing past the end of first grade

  • Confusion of letters whose sounds are similar (d/t, b/p, f/v)

  • Often can’t remember sight words (they, were, does) or homonyms (their, they’re, there)

  • Difficulty segmenting words into individual sounds and blending sounds to form words

  • Difficulty telling time with a clock with hands

  • Dysgraphia, (the slow, non-automatic handwriting that is difficult to read.)

  • Trouble with math, memorizing multiplication tables, memorizing a sequence of steps, directionality

  • Make predictable reading spelling errors involving guessing based on shape or context, difficulties with sequencing sound/symbols resulting in reversal of letters (post, pots), omissions (stun, sun), additions(burnt/bunt), substitutions (horse/house), and transpositions(stop/pots)

  • Skips or misreads prepositions (at, to, of)• Ignores prefixes and suffixes

  • Difficulty remembering and applying spelling rules

  • Difficulty with reading comprehension and learning new information fromtext because of underlying word, recognition difficulties

  • Significant problems with written language due to problems with spelling and organization


High School, College, and Adult

  • Large discrepancy between verbal skills and written compositions

  • Slow rate of reading

  •  Difficulty mastering a foreign language

  • Difficulty taking notes in class

  • Difficulty reading music

  • May have to read a page 2 or 3 times to understand it

  • Still has difficulty with right versus left

  • Sometimes confuses b and d, especially when tired or sick

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