The earlier dyslexia is diagnosed, the sooner intervention can help children overcome their learning difficulties. This list from the Dybuster website shows that early symptoms may include difficulty with:


  • Learning the alphabet in the correct order
  • Associating sounds with their corresponding letters
  • Identifying or generating rhyming words or counting syllables in words
  • Segmenting words into individual sounds, or blending sounds to make words
  • Word retrieval or naming problems
  • Distinguishing between similar sounds in words; mixing up sounds in multi-syllable words (for example, “aminal” for animal, “bisghetti” for spaghetti)

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Older children may exhibit:

  • Slow or inaccurate reading
  • Very poor spelling
  • Difficulty reading out loud, reading words in the wrong order, skipping words and sometimes saying a word similar to another word
  • Difficulty with associating individual words with their correct meanings
  • Difficulty with timekeeping and concept of time when performing certain tasks
  • Difficulty with organizational skills
  • Failure to see (and occasionally to hear) similarities and difference in letters and words

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