Signs of Dyslexia

Dyslexic Traits

  • According to the British Dyslexia Association, 10% of the UK population are believed to be dyslexic.
  • Many famously gifted and talented people are known to have, or have had, specific learning differences, including: Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, Greta Thunberg, Jamie Oliver, John Lennon, Keira Knightly, Leonardo Da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, Richard Branson and Walt Disney.
  • Often, there is a family member with a specific learning difference. Dyslexia is known to run in families.
  • Dyslexia affects people in different ways.

What should I look for?

Do you or your child have difficulties with any of the following:

  • Learning letters and sounds
  • Learning to read
  • Reading at speed – especially out loud
  • Confusing letters and numbers – b/d/p; m/n; 2/5; 6/9
  • Confusing the sequences of numbers and letters: was and sawreading 27 as 72
  • Understanding what is read
  • Learning to spell high frequency word: becos, sed, littal
  • Unusual spelling: noyse; hapee; wundfal
  • Verbally articulate but unable to express themselves in writing
  • Grammar or malapropisms or mispronunciations or all
  • Rambling style of speech or written work or both
  • Weak punctuation or erratic use of capiTAl letters
  • Slow or inaccurate copying from the board or screenLearning and repeating sequences – alphabet, days of week, times tables, months of the year
  • Reluctance to read and write: prefers visual imagery and practical activities
  • Watches others to see what they do, for example when following instructions for sporting activities
  • Concentration and following instructions
  • Easily distracted
  • Processing information and understanding what has been said
  • Remembering what has been learned
  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • Switching off when the teacher talks for a long time
  • A strong preference for practical tasks
  • Forgets to bring dinner money, pencils, PE kit, cooking ingredients
  • Dislikes school or other disciplined, constrained environments
  • Forgets instructions and appointments