It can be a very worrying time if you suspect your child may be experiencing difficulties with learning and it can be hard to know where to turn for advice and assistance. You will find a few tips below as to possible behaviours to look out for, as signs that your child may be dyslexic. This list is not comprehensive, as no two children are the same, but if you observe a number of the behaviours by the list, it might be worth raising this with your child’s school and asking them to investigate.
Never sit back and worry until the next parents’ evening, contact your child’s form teacher or tutor straight away and ask for a meeting to talk through your concerns.
Some of the characteristics of a child with dyslexia include:
- Reading is arduous, takes a long time and print seems too small. Spaces between the words are difficult to see, meaning words jumble together. Finding it hard to locate a place on a page after looking away.
- Maths and language learning appear slower than expected and processing information takes longer. Retaining sequences of letters appears hard.
- Short concentration span.
- Poor short-term memory, dis-organised, has a poor sense of direction and lack of time awareness.
- Execution of motor skills can be slow and left-right orientation appears poor.
- Copying information of a whiteboard appears challenging.
- Demonstrates low self-esteem or exhibits signs of frustration.
- Verbal intelligence and articulation may appear advanced for their age. They may prefer to chat with adults instead of their peers.