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Signs of Dyslexia

Updated: Apr 19


Most likely, by this stage, you have Googled the signs of dyslexia. However, it is always helpful to refresh your memory with a quick reminder of what dyslexia looks like. We have compiled a go-to reference list for you that contains the more common signs and other signs that on their own would not necessarily characterise dyslexia but can also present. Please note that this list is not exhaustive.


Some of the more common signs:

  • Phonological difficulties

  • Trouble remembering the sounds and names of letters

  • Trouble rhyming

  • Trouble blending

  • Confusion of letters and words that look somewhat alike (e.g. b/d, p/q, m/w, n/u, was/saw, cat/act, from/form).

  • Skips small words or guesses a word based on the first letter and length of the word.

  • Trouble sounding out words

  • Trouble with sight words

  • Poor spelling

  • Difficulty telling time

  • Can confuse left and right

And then, these can also present:

  • Can have difficulty with sequencing processes (such as maths)

  • Can have difficulty with organising and planning in all areas of daily life

  • Difficulty copying words and numbers from a book or blackboard

  • Often don’t get jokes, idioms and puns

  • Social interaction

  • Behaviour

  • Gives up easily

  • Mispronouncing names or words

  • Slow learning reading skills

  • Reading is very slow and laboured

  • Doesn’t have a strategy for decoding new words

  • Messy handwriting

  • Low self-esteem

  • Struggles to finish work in a timely manner

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