Dyslexia Symptoms

According to the Mayo Clinic, dyslexia remains the most common learning disability in children. Affected children often have average intelligence, with normal vision and speech patterns, but experience difficulty deciphering reading and writing.Student’s Reading AgeMost dyslexic students are intelligent and exhibit talent in forms of creativity such as play-acting, art class, or music. But because of differences in the brain, these children do not process text and numbers well without help, making it difficult for them to spell, read, and figure out basic facts, often putting them a grade or two below their peers.Spelling DifficultiesAccording to the website dyslexia-teacher.com, children struggling with dyslexia often have a difficult time spelling words correctly. They often attempt to spell the word phonetically, or the way it sounds, such as pleez for please or dus for does. Some children also have problems with “jumbled spellings,” when they spell the word with all the right letters, but not in the proper order. Children may spell freind for friend, exhibiting they have issues with visual memory, as adults and non-dyslexic children rely on their visual memory when deciphering a difficult word. They may write down several spellings of the word until they decide which one is correct, but a dyslexic child does not have the visual memory skills for that task.Reading and Writing Difficulties

According to dyslexia.com, dyslexic children struggle with seeing the letters upside down or backwards, such as instead of seeing the word dog, they read god. Dyslexic children often have the tendency to confuse letters that look similar like e and c, or letters that appear similar but are opposites like b and d and q and p. Some children say that the words jump around on the page or that they appear to closely bunched together, both of which makes it difficult for them to read the words. When dyslexic children read a story, they remember very little about what they just read, and these children often complain that reading makes them feel physically ill with headaches, stomach aches, and dizziness.

When dyslexic children try to write their letters or numbers, they often struggle with what dyslexia-teacher.com calls “mirror image.” This concept refers to writing letters and numbers and that mirror each other like q and the number 9. Some students find it beneficial to write their letters in all capitals to they remember the proper direction.

Sequencing/Following Directions

Dyslexic children experience difficulty doing tasks in order, be it an actual mathematics problem to following spoken directions. For example, any task needs to be simplified into steps that the child can understand, usually only one step, because two or three tasks at a time confuse a dyslexic child. If you were to say,” Take the lunch orders to Mrs. Smith and bring back a new roll of tape,” chances are the child would forget the tape. Since dyslexic children like to help in the classroom just like their peers, keep your requests simple like,” Please give Mrs. Smith today’s lunch orders.”

Motor Skills

In addition to struggling with schoolwork and concentration, dyslexic children may also experience problems with their motor skills. They may appear uncoordinated or clumsy and have difficulty participating in school sports. Dyslexic children also struggle with fine motor skills, and for some of them, it is hard to grip a pencil properly, making writing hard for those children.

Dyslexic children often right and left sides, as well as over and under. You can test this easily by asking the child to touch your right leg with his left arm to see if there are any difficulties. As they grow older, dyslexic children show these discrepancies as they give driving directions and they can not differentiate between east and west, south and north, or turning right or left.

21 thoughts on “Dyslexia Symptoms

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  2. Hello!

    My name is Malcolm and I am an eight grader at Washburne school. I am doing my school project on dyslexia with a girl named Becca. I have read through your website and watched your video. They helped but we have the information part of the project. We were wondering why you are so engaged in dyslexia. What makes you want to learn about it?

    We were wondering if we could interview you or other creators of this website.

    We have emailed many sites and they have all said “sorry we cannot help you.”

    If you cannot help us, we understand. Thank you for your time.



    P.S. If you possibly could send us pamphlets, informational videos, books, or things about dyslexia including t-shirts or hats, we would be greatly appreciative.

    Thank you!

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  4. My son has dyslexia as do his father and my mother. While my mother suffered quite a bit due to lack of understanding, I recognized my son’s condition quickly enough to shield him from the frustrations he may have suffered in school. I work with him constantly to help him with his reading, his concentration, his writing and other skills affected by dyslexia. It is hard work but it can be done. He does read below his grade level still, but knowing that he is NOT stupid and that many other people are afflicted with it as well is very helpful. When he is reading out loud in front of others, he is comfortable telling them he is dyslexic so his reading will be slow. Most people are understanding when he offers that explanation. It is good to know that people are beginning to recognize it is an actual condition and does not mean someone is dumb.

  5. Hi, I have dyslexia and did a topic in my English class and I live in England and I have a problem of announcing my r’s properly and do spelling mistakes as well.my sisters and my dad have also got dyslexia and I’m 14


    • Yes it may be signs of dyslexia but help him with his reading. take him to the docter. i am dyslexic myself now im 28 and its still hard but help your child

  7. Hi, i recently turned 13 years old, me and my mum are concerned that i may have dyslexia, she has it herself, and so does my granddad, but my two sisters do not seem to have it. I am going to take a test but am wondering if it is worth it or not. I am a slow reader (slower than my 8 year old sister), have problems with word problems in maths, my spelling is poor,i was a slow developer-late in learning how to tye my shoes, late to read, talk, ride my bike, i also grip my pencil in a strange way and mix up the sounds of my words (for example- i sometimes say yiach instead of kyach). There a a few other things but i dont want to drag on to much. Do you think i will benefit from a dyslexia test?

  8. I’ve been reading up on dyslexia as I am worried that I might have some of the symptoms if anyone could help me in what steps to take that would be great. I haven’t told anyone about my concerns just in case I’m over reacting. I am sixteen and I have had one continous headache for sixteen months and doctors, MRIs and osteopaths have no idea what is causing it. I only thought about dyslexia when I spelt a word in the wrong order, I always get the numbers “8” and “10” mixed up. I have always been in the highest classes at school (Scotland) but not nearly the brightest, I am struggling a lot in English and the theory in Drama. I feel like I do have a lot of the symptoms described but again, I feel like I might be over reacting. If anyone could help me work out how I could know for sure if this condition does apply to me without making a fuss over nothing I would be very, very grateful! 🙂

  9. My son who is 7, and is in 1st grade is having a very hard time with concentraiting and writing. He writes everything backwards and confuses letters with numbers when he writes. I was wondering if he could be dyslexic? He is not a bad reader and does really good at pronoucing words and sounding them out. Do you think it would be a good idea to see our family doctor and go from there with our concerns or go talk to his teacher and see if it’s a learning problem?

  10. i am about 18 year old. i just did my frist year of college and it sucked. I have dyslexia not one teacher helped me! now I have to pick a new program because teachers think I lazy

  11. Hello , im Carolina . Im 15 Years old in High School . Well im not sure if i have Dyslexia or not . i have felt like theres something wrong with me ever since middle school . I have bad learning disabilitys . But ive read that dyslexia involves reading disabilitys too but i love reading . its one of my favorite things to do . So does that mean i cant have dislexia ? also it says that dyslexic people have writing disabilitys too but i have one of the best handwritings in my school , but i dont write the same as everyone else . i hold my pencil differently . my biggest problem is listening and understanding . i have a very hard time understanding and remembering things in school . such as math , history , vocabulary and others . another thing is i cant tell time as fast as everyone else and i have bad direction . i know what left / right / up and down is but i have to take about 30 seconds to think about it before i know the right direction . i really need help 🙁

  12. There’s no cure for dyslexia. It’s a lifelong condition caused by inherited traits that affect how your brain works. However, most children with dyslexia can succeed in school with tutoring or a specialized education program. Emotional support also plays an important role. :.’-

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  13. hello, im paige and im 16, ive allways thought i might have dyslexia but i’ve never really thought of it as much as now.
    I get stressed realy easily when i dont get something right, sometimes i even shake because of it, i hold my pen in a very diferent way to the other people in my class, i get distracted verry easily and i cant stick to one thing for too long. The thing is my reading and writing is prerty good but i cant concentrate very well and i would really apreciate it if you could tell me if this is any form of dyslexia or am i just over-reacting?

  14. Hi
    I am 17 years old and just took a dyslexia evolution without my parence knowing. The resolts are not back yet but I am pritty sure it will say I am dyslexic. How do I tell my parence. They always put stress on being smart. They say I sould try harder and I am lazy and if I tryed harder I would spell better. They miss understand what dyslexia is all together and think it has to do with seeing letters backwards or being stupid. How should I tell them I am dyslexic if the resolts come back that I am? How will they react? What would be the best way to tell them? Please give me advice.

  15. My dad has dyslexia as do I I don’t have it that bad but my dad has it very bad and all I want to do is help this really helped me to understand my dads condition and mine!
    I’m 12 and a girl and my dad is 38 dose it pass down through generations because I don’t want my child to go through what my dad and I went through!

  16. Hi,
    I’m Nandha,36 years old.. My problem is words will get jumped to the next word while writing. Eg:- If I trying to write Ambition, I will write first 2 or 3 letters correctly. But mostly I will write wrong letter as 3rd or 4th like ‘t’ or ‘i’ after ‘am’. Mostly at exam halls and fast writing.. What is the reason? How to solve it?

    Thanks in advance,


  17. It is important to use your own observations as well as teacher observations to determine if your child has met the following reading benchmarks. In addition to observational data, your teacher should be able to provide you more formal assessment data to help you measure your child’s performance.

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