Indications of Dyslexia


Everyone is an individual

Because dyslexia varies so much from person to person, we recommend expert assessment through a dyslexia screening test or a Diagnostic Assessment. 

Dyslexic children and adults are good at using coping strategies to deal with word-based problems. However, a specialist will establish the likelihood of dyslexia and may also identify other factors contributing to poor literacy and numeracy, such as poor short-term-memory or visual colour sensitivity. 

Possible signs of dyslexia

  • A family history of dyslexia.

  • As a child, difficulties with co-ordination and balance affecting routine tasks such as distinguishing left from right, getting dressed, bumping into objects around the home, and playing games involving eye and hand skills.

  • Generally being regarded as something of day dreamer or late developer with verbal skills not consistent with their chronological age.

  • Difficulty with pronouncing and using words correctly, e.g. words in the wrong order or missing entirely, or letters inverted.

  • Handwriting untidy and letters poorly formed.

  • Slow reading speed and poor phonological skills, resulting in difficulty with long words.

  • Poor concentration and recall of written material.

  • Difficulty in organising and managing tasks.

  • Frustration with expressing themselves on paper.

  • A distinct talent in a non-literacy field, for example in art, graphic design, talking about a subject, and seeing a whole concept.

  • Lack of self-confidence and self-esteem, and a tendency to write themselves off as a failure.

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