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Common Warning Signs

The list below offers some of the common warning signs of dyslexia in young children, which may not be present in all dyslexic individuals, nor is this list all inclusive. It is also to important to be aware that a dyslexic child will often exhibit multiple warning signs rather than just one.


  • Has trouble recognizing whether two words rhyme
  • Struggles with taking away the beginning sound from a word
  • Struggles with learning new words
  • Has trouble recognizing letters and matching them to sounds

Grade School

  • Has trouble taking away the middle sound from a word or blending several sounds to make a word
  • Often can’t recognize common sight words
  • Quickly forgets how to spell many of the words she studies
  • Gets tripped up by word problems in math

Middle School

  • Makes many spelling errors
  • Frequently has to re-read sentences and passages
  • Reads at a lower academic level than how she speaks

High School

  • Often skips over small words when reading aloud
  • Doesn’t read at the expected grade level
  • Strongly prefers multiple-choice questions over fill-in-the-blank or short answer.

A more comprehensive list of signs and symptoms can be found HERE from

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