Look for Warning Signs 

In Preschool

  • Lots of ear infections

  • Didn’t crawl much  

  • Confuses left/right, up/down, tying shoelaces

  • Hard to learn the alphabet, phone number

  • Spoke late

  • Mixes up long words/rhymes

  • Enjoys you reading to them, but does not want to read

  • Great at hands-on tasks

  • Good socially

  • Dyslexia in the family

In Primary School

  • Slow, hard to read handwriting

  • Reverses letter and numbers

  • Slow, choppy, inaccurate reading/ poor comprehension

  • Guesses words, skips or misreads  words

  • Can't sound out new words, can't remember words

  • Problems copying from the  board, taking notes

  • Disorganised 

  • Feels sick thinking about going to school


In High School

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  • poor vocabulary, poor written work

  • verbal skills better than written skills

  • poor grades

  • wants to leave school

In Adults

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  • Slow reader/ poor speller

  • Needs to re-read to understand

  • Trouble writing memos, letters or filling forms

  • Poor awareness of surroundings


Not everyone shows all the signs.


For children, having these, or not growing out of these behaviours can be a concern, especially if in other ways your child is talented, such as being creative, a good problem solver, people person and go-getter.

For adults, looking back you may identify that you had some of the "warning signs" at school,  and still have some now.

What to do if you are an adult showing these "warning signs"?

If you are an adult diagnosed with dyslexia or wonder whether that is preventing you from returning to study,  achieving your goals in the workplace, causing computer stress, or if you are just wanting to enjoy reading more,  talk with us.