Dyslexia Warning Signs

In Preschool

  • Mixing up sounds and syllables in long words
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Severe reactions to childhood illnesses
  • Constant confusion of left versus right
  • Late establishing a dominant hand
  • Difficulty learning to tie shoes
  • Trouble memorizing their address, phone number, or the alphabet
  • Can’t create words that rhyme
  • A close relative with dyslexia

In Elementary School

  • Dysgraphia (slow, non-automatic handwriting that’s difficult to read)
  • Letter or number reversals continuing past the 1st grade
  • Extreme difficulty learning cursive
  • Slow, choppy, inaccurate reading
    • Guesses based on shape or context
    • Skips or misreads prepositions (at, to, of)
    • Ignores suffixes
    • Can’t sound out unknown words
  • Terrible spelling
  • Often can’t remember sight words (they, were, does) or homonyms (their, they’re, and there)
  • Difficulty telling time with a clock with hands
  • Trouble with mat
    • Memorizing multiplication tables
    • Memorizing a sequence of steps
    • Directionality
  • When speaking, difficulty finding the correct word
    • common sayings come out twisted
  • Extremely messy bedroom, backpack, and desk
  • dreads going to school

In High School

All of the above symptoms, plus:

  • Limited vocabulary
  • Poor written expression
    • Large discrepancy between verbal skills and written compositions
  • Unable to master a foreign language
  • Difficulty reading printed music
  • Poor grades in many classes
  • High dropout risk

In Adults

Education history similar to above, plus:

  • Slow reader
  • May have to read a page 2 or 3 times to understand it
  • Difficulty putting thoughts onto paper
    • Dreads writing memos or letters
  • Still has difficulty with right versus left
  • Often gets lost, even in a familiar city
  • Sometimes confuses b and d, especially when tired or sick


If your child is exhibiting any of the above warning signs, he/she may be dyslexic.
Contact us to schedule a screening or consultation.