Common Signs of Dyslexia - Pre-school

The difficulties noted below are often associated with dyslexia if they are unexpected for the individual's age, educational level, or cognitive abilities. A qualified diagnostician can test a person to determine if he or she is truly dyslexic.

* May talk later than most children.

* May have difficulty pronouncing words, i.e., "busgetti" for "spaghetti", "mawn lower" for "lawn mower".

* May be slow to add new vocabulary words.

* May be unable to recall the right word.

* May have difficulty with rhyming.

* May have trouble learning the alphabet, numbers, days of the week, colors, shapes, how to spell and write his or her name.

* May be unable to follow multi-step directions or routines.

* Fine motor skills may develop more slowly than in other children.

* May have difficulty telling and/or retelling a story in the correct sequence.

* Often has difficulty separating sounds in words and blending sounds to make words.