Is this you?

Throughout their school careers a dyslexic child may

  • Appear bright and able, but can’t get their thoughts down on paper
  • Become withdrawn and isolated, sitting at the back and not participating
  • Be able to do one thing at a time very well but can’t remember an entire list
  • Look ‘glazed’ when language is spoken too quickly
  • Go home exhausted at the end of a normal school day because they have put so much effort into learning
  • Be bullied

 Pre-school children may have:

  • A difficulty learning nursery rhymes or the name for things, like ‘table’ or ‘chair’
  • Enjoyment in being read to but showing no interest in letters or words
  • Frequent accusations of not paying attention
  • Continuing difficulties in getting dressed and putting shoes on the correct feet
  • Problems with catching, kicking or throwing a ball or with hopping or skipping
  • Difficulty clapping a simple rhythm
  • Delayed speech development

 Primary school children may have:

  • A poor sense of direction and confuse left and right
  • Difficulty tying shoe laces
  • A discrepancy between receptive and expressive language
  • Short-term memory limitations e.g. finding it hard to remember times tables, the alphabet or classroom instructions
  • Have pronounced reading difficulties – hesitant and laboured reading, loss of place in text, muddling words that look alike, difficulties in saying multi-syllabic words, problems understanding what they have read
  • Difficulties with writing and spelling – messy work, confusion of similar letters, bizarre spelling, confusion between upper and lower case letters

A young person at secondary school may:

  • Experience the same problems as at primary school
  • Suffer poor confidence and low self-esteem
  • Forget which books to bring to class
  • Have difficulty organising life around a timetable
  •  Have problems trying to write down notes at speed, and completing work on time