Dyslexia symptoms

Some of the Most Common Symptoms of Dyslexia
A dyslexic person can have a variety of symptoms justifying a number of different learning difficulty labels.
It is now generally accepted that dyslexia is at fault when academic achievement does not reflect a person’s true potential.

Each person has their own unique combination of symptoms, and if a person has twenty or more of the following symptoms, the most likely reason is dyslexia.
General Symptoms
  • I appeared bright, intelligent, and articulate but struggled with reading, writing, or spelling;
  • I was labelled lazy, dumb, careless, immature, "not trying hard enough," or having a "behaviour problem";
  • I was not "behind enough" or "bad enough" to be helped in the school setting;
  • High IQ, yet may not test well academically;
  • I did well in oral tests, but not written;
  • I felt dumb; had poor self-esteem;
  • I hide or cover up weaknesses with ingenious compensatory strategies;
  • I get easily frustrated and emotional about school reading or testing;
  • I am talented in art, drama, music, sports, mechanics, story-telling, sales, business, designing, building or engineering;
  • I seem to "zone out" or daydream often, get lost easily or lose track of time;
  • I have difficulty sustaining attention;
  • I seem "hyper" or "daydreamer";
  • I learn best through hands-on experience, demonstrations and experimentation, observation, and visual aids.
    Vision, Reading and Spelling Symptoms
  • I sometimes experience dizziness, headaches, or stomach aches while reading;
  • I get confused by letters, numbers, words, sequences, or verbal explanations;
  • While reading or writing I find myself adding letters or words, leaving them out, confusing some of them;
  • I often reverse letters or numbers;
  • I feel or see non-existent movement while reading, writing or copying;
  • I had apparent difficulty with vision, yet eye exams do not reveal a problem;
  • I am extremely keen sighted and observant
  • I lack depth perception and peripheral vision;
  • I sometimes read and re-read with little comprehension;
  • My spelling is phonetic and inconsistent.
    Hearing and Speech Symptoms
  • I have extended hearing; hear things not said or apparent to others;
  • I get easily distracted by sounds;
  • I often have difficulty putting thoughts into words;
  • I tend to speak in halting phrases; leaving sentences incomplete;
  • I stutter under stress;
  • I mispronounce long words, or transpose phrases, words and syllables when speaking.
    Writing and Motor Skills Symptoms
  • I have trouble with writing or copying;
  • My pencil grip is unusual;
  • My handwriting varies or is illegible;
  • I feel clumsy and uncoordinated;
  • I am poor at ball or team sports;
  • I have difficulties with fine and /or gross motor skills and tasks;
  • I am prone to motion-sickness;
  • I am ambidextrous;
  • I often confuse left/right, over/under.
    Math and Time Management Symptoms
  • I have difficulty telling time, managing time, or being on time;
  • I have difficulty learning sequenced information or tasks;
  • Computing math shows dependence on finger counting and other tricks;
  • I often know the answer to a maths problem, but can’t do it on paper;
  • I can count, but have difficulty counting objects and dealing with money;
  • I can do arithmetic, but fail word problems;
  • I cannot grasp algebra or higher math.
    Memory and Cognition
  • I have excellent long-term memory for experiences, locations and faces;
  • I have poor memory for sequences, facts and information that I have not experienced directly;
  • I think primarily with images and feeling, not sounds or words (little internal dialogue).
    Behaviour, Health, Development and Personality Symptoms
  • I am very disorderly;
  • I am compulsively orderly;
  • I used to be the class clown;
  • I used to be the trouble-maker;
  • I used to be too quiet;
  • I had unusually late developmental stages (talking, crawling, walking, tying shoelaces);
  • I had unusually early developmental stages (talking, crawling, walking, tying shoelaces);
  • I was prone to ear infections, sensitive to foods, additives and chemical products;
  • I am an extra deep sleeper;
  • I am an extra light sleeper;
  • I struggled with bedwetting beyond the appropriate age;
  • Unusually low tolerance for pain;
  • Unusually high tolerance for pain;
  • Strong sense of justice; emotionally sensitive; strives for perfection;
  • Mistakes and other above mentioned symptoms increase dramatically with confusion, time pressure, emotional stress, or poor health.
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