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Have you ever worried your child is dyslexic?

Posted by on Jan. 20, 2015 at 12:12 PM
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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.

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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 Jan. 20, 2015 at 12:12 PM
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by on Jan. 20, 2015 at 12:33 PM

My son is dyslexic and he has all these sympyoms except the Math one he is amazing when it comes to math!

by Queen25Princes on Jan. 20, 2015 at 12:36 PM
My son is dyslexic.
by on Jan. 20, 2015 at 1:31 PM

My dd used to reverse some of her letters, but I haven't noticed any of the signs.

by Platinum Member on Jan. 20, 2015 at 4:57 PM

my daughter is dyslexic and had very few of the symptoms stated above - the dead give away for me were the inverted letters b d p q were a huge issue, she also did not recognize written words, even the ones she saw everyday like Good Morning, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday etc ... she would overload VERY easily in school whether it was distraction by other kids, noise, or give up during hard tasks, DISORGANIZATION was a BIG HUGE problem and still is today - it is also a dead giveaway of dyslexic kids, this includes, messy room, losing stuff, not being careful with personal property ...

but today she is in a special private school for children with learning dissabilities and she's doing awesome she reads now, she's the teacher's pet and head of the class.  If your child is dyslexic, Don't give up !! the right environment can do small miracles !

by Gold Member on Jan. 21, 2015 at 12:44 AM

for a few days when she started writing...she wrote backwards

by Bronze Member on Jan. 21, 2015 at 1:24 AM
I have one daughter with slight dyslexia and none of those describe her.

I have another with moderate to severe, who has a few.
by Shauna on Jan. 21, 2015 at 4:54 PM

Nope, none of mine have dyslexia.

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