Signs of Dyslexia

If your child is experiencing several of these symptoms, you may want speak to your pediatrician.


  • Learning to speak (delayed compared to his peers).
  • Learning the alphabet, numbers and days of the week.
  • Naming people and objects.
  • Speaking precisely and using a varied, age-appropriate vocabulary.
  • Staying on topic.
  • Getting or staying interested in stories and books.
  • Understanding the relationship between speaker and listener.
  • Pronouncing word correctly (Example: says “mazagine” instead of “magazine”).
  • Learning and correctly using new vocabulary words.
  • Distinguishing words from other words that sound similar.
  • Rhyming words.
  • Understanding instructions/directions.
  • Repeating what has just been said.


  • Naming letters.
  • Recognizing letters, matching letters to sounds and blending sounds when speaking.
  • Learning to read as expected for his/her age.
  • Associating letters with sounds, understanding the difference between sounds in words.
  • Accurately blending letter sounds within words.
  • Recognizing and remembering sight words.
  • Remembering printed words.
  • Distinguishing between letters and words that look similar.
  • Learning and remembering new vocabulary words.
  • Keeping ones place—and not skipping over words—while reading.
  • Showing confidence and interest in reading.


  • Learning to copy and write at an age-appropriate level.
  • Writing letters, numbers and symbols in the correct order.
  • Spelling words correctly and consistently most of the time.
  • Proofreading and correcting written work.


  • Making and keeping friends.
  • Interpreting people’s non-verbal cues, “body language” and tone of voice.
  • Is motivated and self-confident about learning.


  • Sense of direction/spatial concepts (such as left and right).
  • Performing consistently on tasks from day to day.