Identifying LearningProblems 

When is the best time to identify learning problems?

Dyslexia warning signs can be identified early. 


All the research shows that the sooner learning problems are identified, the easier they are to "fix".

The table below will give you an idea of what dyslexia warning signs to look out for...and you can begin at pre-school.

Identify dyslexia early

Not everyone shows all the signs. 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.

Warning Signs of Dyslexia

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

  • poor vocabulary, poor written work

  • verbal skills better than written skills

  • poor grades

  • wants to leave school

In Adults

  • Slow reader/ poor speller

  • Needs to re-read to understand

  • Trouble writing memos, letters or filling forms

  • Poor awareness of surroundings


What to do if your child shows these "warning signs"?

What are your gut feeling and your observations telling you if your child doesn't move on from baby talk, or can't focus on the page you are reading to them.


What if they don't enjoy playing with sounds and rhyming words?  A parent is their child's main advocate -  so be persistent in finding out what may be the problem.

Ask us about our handout for parents of children with dyslexia.


You know you can't afford to have your child wait, hoping that they'll grow out of these problems, while missing important years of schooling.


Some interventions can begin in pre-school.

Contact us to find out more...

What about adults?

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 use to be stressful or if you are just wanting to enjoy reading more,  talk with us.

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