Three Common Symptoms of Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a common concern as it affects many children and adults. And although no two dyslexics have exactly the same symptoms, there are three key symptoms which you can, quite easily, pick up.

These symptoms include directional confusion, slow reading and spelling issues and are discussed in further de Dtail below.

Directional confusion

A common symptom of dyslexia is directional confusion. Many dyslexics have difficulty distinguishing left from right, and this inter alia causes them to switch similar letters. For example, the letters “b” and “d” are very similar, with the only difference being a mirrored effect. Because dyslexics battle with left and right, they often switch these letters around, unintentionally. The same applies to the letters “p” and “q”.

Slow reading

Dyslexia is often marked by slow and choppy reading. This is in contrast to others who, with the same degree of education, read not only accurately but quickly and effortlessly. Therefore dyslexics often require extra time on tests, and find reading extremely tiring.

Spelling problems

Spelling is one curriculum area in which neither creativity nor divergent thinking is encouraged. Only one sequence or arrangement of letters can be accepted as correct; there is no compromise or leeway. Therefore, because many dyslexics have trouble with sequencing, i.e. perceiving something in sequence and also remembering the sequence, many also have problems with spelling.

What makes spelling even more difficult is that the written form of the English language has an inconsistent pattern. Only approximately 50% of spellings follow regular phonetic rules.

Edublox programs offer a lifeline to parents whose children have been diagnosed dyslexic. Irrespective of age, the skills that form the basis or foundation of reading and spelling can be taught and improved with the right training.


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