Signs And Symptoms Of Dyslexia

Are you homeschooling? Knowing the signs and symptoms of dyslexia in children can help you know whether your child has a problem so you can find the best way to help them learn.

signs and symptoms of dyslexia

"I would like to know more about what dyslexia is. My son is a good reader but the problems he has makes me wonder if it's a big enough issue to be dyslexia."

~ Claudia, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook Group

Are you worried your child is a slow reader or muddling up numbers? 

If you are homeschooling, this can be even more of a worry because there are no 'experts' around to tell you if they think there is a problem.

Knowing the signs and symptoms of dyslexia in children can be a real help.

How Common Is Dyslexia?

Like most things, we can only guess at how many children have dyslexia because the signs and symptoms of dyslexia are not always easy to detect.

In the past, many children went un-diagnosed and many children slip through the net today - even if they are in school.

What we do know is that dyslexia is the most common learning disability in the world.

They estimate it affects 3%-7% of the population.  But up to 20% of the population may have signs and symptoms of dyslexia.

So if your child has it, be reassured that dyslexia is very common and can be overcome.

The way to help is to change the way you teach to suit the way your child learns.

You'll find a list of useful free resources for teaching with dyslexia here.

Signs And Symptoms Of Dyslexia

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We found out I'm dyslexic a few years ago... I had trouble reading (and would read) the same sentence over & over.  I read numbers backwards & repeating them is tough and so is reading out loud.

Some things just didn't click as easy as others...I knew I wasn't good at math lol.  Numbers were not my best & still aren't."

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~ Ami, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook Group

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I'm also dyslexic but have found for me I have to write the words then when I want to remember how to spell it, I close my eyes I see myself writing it.

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Every person is different but I felt like rubbish at school as I struggled with this.

~ Claire, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook Group

The biggest thing to remember about the signs and symptoms of dyslexia is that every child is different.

Your child may struggle with some things on this list and find others easy; but they could still have dyslexia.

In fact the only thing that really stands out about dyslexia is how much it varies from one child to another.

"Each dyslexic kid has a different learning profile.  I have one with an auditory processing issue and dyscalculia and another who doesn’t and is great at math.   They’re all different."

~ Suzanne, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook Group

Some of the common signs and symptoms of dyslexia in children can be:

  1. Being slow learning to talk (there are many other reasons for this)
  2. Having problems with speech - like not being able to say long words properly or jumbling up words
  3. Rhymes and rhyming may not make any sense
  4. Difficulty remembering things, listening and paying attention
  5. When talking, using the wrong words or saying sentences in a way which doesn't make sense
  6. Difficulty learning the alphabet, days of the weeks, colors, shapes, and numbers
  7. Trouble spelling - putting letters and figures the wrong way round (6 instead of 9), reversing letters like b and d and inverting u and n, spelling words as they sound (wont instead of want), spelling words in the wrong letter sequence (hlep instead of help) and learning the connection between letters and sounds.
  8. Trouble with handwriting and fine-motor coordination like tying up shoe laces, using scissors and doing up buttons.
  9. Choosing which hand to write with.

"What I would say is that there are many types of learning disabilities, not just dyslexia.  Just something to keep in mind. "

~ Suzanne, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook Group

Have a look here to see the strategies homeschooling families use to help teach their dyslexic child.

Common Signs Of Dyslexia

Here is Suzanne again to put that list into real life for us:

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For my kids (and for the classic dyslexic), what we noticed is that words are spelled phonetically and that vowels are often altogether missing from words. Certainly letter and number inversions, and like you noted, writing the number 4 first when trying to write 14.

2/3 of my kids had a rhyming issue. Also pretty common. They can tell you if two words rhyme, but if you ask them for example: “What rhymes with bite?” they can’t pull a rhyming word out of their brain.

Another common sign is problems with tracking during reading. Or in the case of one of my kids, words move around on the page, and another kid letters spin and vibrate.

And dyslexic kids typically have trouble with sight words.

Trust your gut.  It doesn’t matter what anyone says, including a school teacher (this happened to us), if your kid tells you they’re struggling, if you know in your gut that something is going on, trust yourself.  Always.

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~ Suzanne, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook Group

Signs Of Dyslexia Test

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If you're worried your child may be dyslexic, my friend Julie can tell you about how to run an online test yourself to assess dyslexia symptoms or early signs of dyslexia in your child.

The screening results are not a definitive diagnosis of dyslexia but a way to identify areas of concern – and help you decide whether you need professional help.

As Julie says, when you are homeschooling and ‘outside of the school system’  it can be daunting enough teaching your child to read. If you suspect your child has dyslexia then it is even more worrying.

You can see more about the test here.

"It’s worth the expense to learn how your kid learns; their strengths; their weaknesses.  Public school disability testing (in the USA) is useless.   They are not allowed to diagnose and they will skew the results so that the school district does not have to give you $ or resources.  Also, the test givers aren’t always trained."

~ Suzanne

Homeschooling With Dyslexia

You can see real-life examples of how homeschooling parents have beaten dyslexia here.

And here is a bit of reassurance from Ami that being at school is no guarantee that the teachers would pick up the signs and symptoms of dyslexia in your child.

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I fell through the cracks in school not getting help (for my dyslexia).... ...I never caught up. By 10th grade I dropped out.

At age 32 I finished 4 credits for my high school through adult learning at home.

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~ Ami, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook Group

In fact you are more likely to pick up the signs and symptoms of dyslexia in your child when you are homeschooling because you are much more in tune with how your child learns.

By homeschooling, you will be able to find the method which works best and adapt your teaching to help your child.

If you are homeschooling with dyslexia, the Courageous Homeschooling Facebook Group is a support group for all homeschoolers where we share resources and give each other encouragement and support.

Come and join us!

The best way of looking at dyslexia is that it is simply a different way of learning. Even if it makes some things harder, it has many benefits and helps your child see things in a different way.

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