Warning Signs

People with dyslexia will demonstrate at least 3 of these warning signs and usually more, though typically not all of them. If you or your child express these traits, please call for more information about how we can help. To read more about our services, click below.


  • 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