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What are the signs and symptoms of dyslexia?
Classroom teachers may not be able to determine if a child has dyslexia. They
may detect early signs that suggest further assessment by a psychologist or
other healthcare professional in order to actually diagnose the disorder.
Signs and symptoms of dyslexia
Delayed early language development
Problems recognizing the
differences between similar sounds or segmenting words.
Slow learning of new vocabulary
Difficulty copying from the board
or a book.
Difficulty with learning reading,
writing, and spelling skills
A child may not be able to
remember content, even if it involves a favorite video or storybook.
Problems with spatial
relationships can extend beyond the classroom and be observed on the
playground. The child may appear to be uncoordinated and have difficulty
with organized sports or games.
Difficulty with left and right is
common, and often dominance for either hand has not been established.
Auditory problems in dyslexia encompass a variety of functions.
Commonly, a child may have
difficulty remembering or understanding what he hears.
Recalling sequences of things or
more than one command at a time can be difficult.
Parts of words or parts of whole
sentences may be missed, and words can come out sounding funny.
The wrong word or a similar word
may be used instead.
Children struggling with this
problem may know what they want to say but have trouble finding the actual
words to express their thoughts.
Many subtle signs can be observed in children with dyslexia.
Children may become withdrawn and
appear to be depressed.
They may begin to act out, drawing
attention away from their learning difficulty.
Problems with self-esteem can
arise, and peer and sibling interactions can become strained.
These children may lose their
interest in school-related activities and appear to be unmotivated or lazy.
The emotional symptoms and signs
are just as important as the academic and require equal attention.