Susan Barton’s ‘Warning Signs of Dyslexia’

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Below is Susan Barton’s Warning Signs of Dyslexia. To learn more contact Bright Solutions for Dyslexia — info@BrightSolutions.us — +1(408) 559–3652.


Susan Barton’s “Warning Signs of Dyslexia”

If a child has 3 or more of the following warning signs, encourage that child’s parents and teachers to learn more about dyslexia.

In Preschool

• delayed speech

• mixing up the sounds and syllables in long words

• chronic ear infections

• severe reactions to childhood illnesses

• 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

• 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

• terrible spelling

• often can’t remember sight words (they, were, does) or homonyms (their, they’re, and there)

• 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

In High School

All of the above symptoms plus:

• limited vocabulary

• extremely poor written expression

- large discrepancy between verbal skills and written compositions

• unable to master a foreign language

• difficulty reading printed music

• poor grades in many classes

• may drop out of high school

In Adults

Education history similar to above, plus:

• slow reader

• may have to read a page 2 or 3 times to understand it

• terrible speller

• difficulty putting thoughts onto paper

- dreads writing memos or letters

• still has difficulty with right versus left

• often gets lost, even in a familiar city

  • sometimes confuses b and d, especially when tired or sick

Bright Solutions for Dyslexia offers many resources, workshops, videos, and traning materials. To learn more, contact Bright Solutions for Dyslexia — info@BrightSolutions.us — +1(408) 559–3652.


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