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7 Surprising Signs of Dyslexia in Kids

Posted by on Dec. 20, 2014 at 9:17 AM
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7 Surprising Signs of Dyslexia in Kids

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Many moms have experienced that moment where their heart stops ... all because their kid has written a "b" like a "d," which leads them to wonder, OMG, is my child dyslexic? To be sure, this learning disability is surprisingly common: an estimated 10-15 percent of Americans have dyslexia. Yet only 5 percent of dyslexics are ever diagnosed, and without treatment, school can become a never-ending struggle.

In other words, it's understandable that moms are extra vigilant about signs of dyslexia ... only the red flags may not be exactly what you think.

Signs of dyslexia

Case in point: writing letters or numbers in reverse is very common in kids, and not symptom of dyslexia. So what is? Keep an eye out for the following tip-offs -- many of which go unrecognized: 

1. Your child is late in learning how to tie his shoes. "This is called dyspraxia, and it's often found in kids with dyslexia," says dyslexia and education expert Varda Epstein. That's because shoe-tying, like reading, requires a certain level of spatial awareness that dyslexics often lack. And since kids generally master shoe-tying around 5 or 6 -- right around the time they're learning to read -- if you child is struggling with both tasks, that's a red flag. 

2. Your child is late to develop handedness -- whether he's a righty or a lefty -- which typically happens around age 3.

3. Math is difficult for your child. This is called dyscalculia, and it's often related to dyslexia. The problem may be even more pronounced when the number-crunching is language-based word problems such as, "If Stacey has 10 apples and gives 4 to Ben, how many does she have left?"

4. Your child struggles to list words that rhyme, like dog, frog, log, etc. Another common problem: he can't accurately complete "phonemic awareness tasks" (What is the last sound in the word "dog?"). The reason: dyslexia isn't just a visual problem, but an auditory one as well.

5. Your child has difficulty tracking sentences or lines during reading -- left to right, top to bottom.

6. Teachers say your child isn't "focusing" or "paying attention" in class; they may even say he has ADHD. It may be so, or it may be that dyslexia has him confused and lost, says Susan Bartell, who helps to diagnose dyslexia regularly and works with kids and parents. People may also mistakenly assume your child is "lazy" or "bored" because of his avoidance of school work.

7. Your child resists going to school, saying things like "school is hard," or just flat-out says he hates it. The reality may be something other than a bad attitude, so don't believe it without exhausting every other possible explanation first.

Have you ever worried your child is dyslexic?

What signs have you noticed?

by on Dec. 20, 2014 at 9:17 AM
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diaperstodating
by Queen25Princes on Dec. 20, 2014 at 9:35 AM
Thanks for sharing.
lizzig
by Silver Member on Dec. 20, 2014 at 1:57 PM

 my son is 7 & his reading teacher (who has a son with dyslexia) & i both think he is dyslexic.  he has difficulty with tracking, he's very restless in class when it comes to anything regarding reading (hands on activities & math-except word problems, he has no trouble focusing on) he loves doing his math homework (minus the story problems) but fights me with his reading/la homework.  he still confuses letters & numbers (3 & E, d & b, P & 9, etc), he'll write letters & numbers backwards & swap around letters in words, cash will be cahs. 

 he can read words like house but stumbles over the & an (this is another sign of dyslexia, simple words like the, an, and, etc are often hard because you are unable to make a visual picture of the word in your head to help you like you can with house, tree, elephant, etc.)

another thing i've noticed with him is that he has difficulty reading certain font styles, he'll mistake an h for a b/d, or a u for an o or vice versa.  another sign of dyslexia.

othermom
by Silver Member on Dec. 20, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Thanks for sharing

aetrom
by Gold Member on Dec. 20, 2014 at 2:12 PM
This is good info - finally i see something i agree with. ;p

Except that i thought dyspraxia was dealing with speach and bilateral confusion would affect shoe tying.

Though it is important to note that dyslexia covers many sub categories.

For example my dyslexic son has:
- dyslexia
- dysgraphia (affecting writing)
- bilateral confusion (causing coordination issues and more)

He does not has dyspraxia (speech issues) or dyscalcula (math issues)

He also has a very large IQ.
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wakymom
by Ruby Member on Dec. 20, 2014 at 4:19 PM

 Interesting read. Tfs.

 

 

 

JanetteA
by Bronze Member on Dec. 20, 2014 at 5:04 PM

My son is dyslexic.

The earliest sign of dyslexia is often late talking and speech issues. 

Studies vary, but basically a child with ANY kind of unresolved speech issues by age 5/end of K has about a 50% chance of reading issues.

A child with SEVERE unresolved speech issues by age 5/end of K has close to a 100% chance of reading issues.  (My son was in this category.)

Unfortunately very few kindergarten and first grade teachers realize how the connection between speech and reading. 


diaperstodating
by Queen25Princes on Dec. 20, 2014 at 7:19 PM
I have two son's with dyslexia. The frustrating part is the schools don't want to call it "dyslexia". They want to have it fall under the umbrella of a "specific learning disability".
Verrine
by Bronze Member on Dec. 22, 2014 at 7:59 AM

Schools also don't directly address it. I looked up the local Master's program for Reading Specialists. They have ONE required course in reading disabilities and that includes testing and writing reports. 

Quoting diaperstodating: I have two son's with dyslexia. The frustrating part is the schools don't want to call it "dyslexia". They want to have it fall under the umbrella of a "specific learning disability".
maxswolfsuit
by Max on Dec. 22, 2014 at 8:07 AM

I really don't like articles like these. 

The problem is that parents generally don't have a frame of reference for to know what skills their child is behind in.  And most of the things on this list are difficult for most children.  I don't know one kid who easily learned to tie their shoes!

Dyslexia is very complicated and can only be diagnosed by a trained professional after a lengthy evaluation process. Anything that gives parents the impression that checking off a list of issues proves a child has a disability is misleading and perhaps even irresponsible. 

lizzig
by Silver Member on Dec. 22, 2014 at 8:07 AM
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 my son also scored high on the iq test.  he also has no issue with coordination & is in fact a great gymnast.

Quoting aetrom: This is good info - finally i see something i agree with. ;p Except that i thought dyspraxia was dealing with speach and bilateral confusion would affect shoe tying. Though it is important to note that dyslexia covers many sub categories. For example my dyslexic son has: - dyslexia - dysgraphia (affecting writing) - bilateral confusion (causing coordination issues and more) He does not has dyspraxia (speech issues) or dyscalcula (math issues) He also has a very large IQ.

 

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