What are the signs of dyslexia?

It’s important to understand that not all dyslexic show difficulties in the same way.

Most typical problems experienced by people with dyslexia include the following:

  • Learning to speak (I didn’t have any issues learning to speak as a child, but I find that with age, I mix up words and pronunciations more and more. It doesn’t help that I regularly deal with multiple languages.)
  • Learning letters and their sounds (I had issues and still do with b & d, p & q, etc.)
  • Organising written and spoken language (mixing words)
  • Memorising numbers (I personally have no issue with memorising numbers, it’s repeating them in the right order that’s the issue.)
  • Reading quickly enough to comprehend. (I can read perfectly when reading quietly. Reading out loud is still difficult.)
  • Persisting with and comprehending longer reading assignments
  • Spelling (I always sucked at spelling. It took years before it was discovered that all my spelling errors had to do with the order of the letters and mixing b & d or p & q, for example.)
  • Learning a foreign language  (I didn’t have any issue learning a new language. Technically, I’m not English.
  • Correctly doing math operations (because we tend to mix up numbers)

Not all students who have difficulties with these skills have dyslexia. Formal testing of reading, language, and writing skills is the only way to confirm a diagnosis of suspected dyslexia. Be prepared that formal testing and diagnosis is not free. It cost me $600+ for my daughter and even with a diagnosis, the school may not have any specialist available to help and guide your child. Private tutoring is expensive.

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