The symptoms of dyslexia may sometime be challenging to recognize before your child starts school. However, there may be some early indicators that your child may have a learning disability. These may include:
Learning to talk relatively late
Learning new words relatively slowly
Trouble learning new nursery rhymes
Trouble playing games involving rhymes
The symptoms of dyslexia often become more apparent when your child begins school and starts to learn how to read. You or your child’s teachers may notice some of the following symptoms:
Reading ability significantly lower than the expected level for your child’s age group.
Reversing the shape of some written letters for instance “b” and “d” (e.g. writing “bog” instead of “dog”).
Writing “backwards” (e.g. “pot” instead of “top”).
Difficulty processing and comprehending what he or she hears.
Problems understanding quick instructions.
Trouble with remembering sequences or patterns.
Difficulty in sounding out the pronunciation of unfamiliar words.
Struggling with linking letters and sounds
Difficulty learning foreign languages.
Sometimes, dyslexia goes undiagnosed at a young age and is only realized once older or as an adult. Symptoms of dyslexia in teenagers and adults are similar to those of children, but may also include:
Trouble reading, including reading out loud.
Trouble with time management.
Difficulty learning new languages.
Struggling with summarizing a story.
Trouble with math and struggling to solve mathematical problems.
Although it is favourable for a diagnosis and treatment for dyslexia to start at a young age, it is never too late to benefit from treatment for dyslexia.