What Does Dyslexia look like?
The International Dyslexia Association defines dyslexia as:
“Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.”
We think the biggest take away from that definition - to quote Lady Gaga - is Baby I was Born this Way. As a parent, it is not caused by anything you did or didn't do. And, most important - for a child to hear - it's not caused by not working hard enough or being smart enough.
The following list is by no means exhaustive, but it is a general list of some of the most common tell tale signs of dyslexia in elementary school aged children
If your child is showing a number of these symptoms, you may want to speak to a professional.