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In Preschool:

• delayed speech
• mixing up the sounds and
syllables in long words
• chronic ear infections
• severe reactions to childhood
• 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 is difficult to read)

  • letter or number reversals continuing past the end of first grade

  • terrible spelling

  • 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

  • often can’t remember sight words (they, were,does) or homonyms (their, they’re, and there)
Elementary School continued:
  • difficulty telling time with a clock with hands
  • trouble with math- memorizing multiplication tables- memorizing a sequence of steps- directionality
  •  when speaking, difficulty finding the correct word- lots of “whatyamacallits” and “thingies”- common sayings come out slightly twisted
  • extremely messy bedroom, backpack, and desk 
  • dreads going to school- complains of stomach aches or headaches- may have nightmares about school
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