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I think my child may be dyslexic. What signs should I look out for?

Dyslexia is a specific learning disorder which makes it hard for some people to learn to read, write and spell correctly. 
 
Early symptoms of dyslexia
There are certain signs of dyslexia that you can look out for before they go to school:
  • Delays in speech
  • Problems pronouncing words
  • Difficulties learning to write their name or learning colours and shapes
  • Difficulty with learning nursery rhymes or with rhyming words
Dyslexia symptoms in primary school children
Most children are not diagnosed with dyslexia until they are in primary school or even later. The earlier dyslexia is diagnosed the lesser the impact. Here are some signs of dyslexia to look out for in older children: 
  • Mixing up letters while writing, such as "m" and "w", or "d" and "b"
  •  Issues with reading
  • Complaining of feeling dizzy, feeling sick or getting headaches when reading
  • Avoiding reading aloud in class
  • Doesn't enjoy reading
  • Issues with their handwriting
  • Finds it difficult to retell stories in the right order 
  • Reading at a lower reading level
  • Writes some words backwards, such as "was" instead of "saw" 
  • Problems learning some aspects of grammar 
Symptoms of dyslexia in secondary school children
Regardless of what age dyslexia is diagnosed at, support and education can still benefit hugely. There are a few symptoms you can watch out for in secondary school children:
  • Difficulties spelling
  • Issues with reading such as disliking reading
  • Issues with certain types of projects such as finding it hard to write summaries

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