The symptoms of dyslexia in children

The symptoms of dyslexia in children

It is not always easy to recognize the symptoms of dyslexia in children. The signs are different from child to child, and what might apply for a kid might not apply for the other.  Indeed, each person develops writing and reading skills at his/her own pace but there are specific symptoms that one can notice during childhood. 

It is important to be attentive and actively listen to your child so you can take care of the problem as soon as symptoms of dyslexia start showing. This will make you find out the right tools and solutions for him at a young age. 

But the question is how do you recognize with certainty the symptoms of dyslexia in children? In fact, only a report made by a professional can confirm the diagnosis. 

However, we gathered the main warning signs that are important to look out for. 

Symptoms of dyslexia in children: when to consult?

Here is a non-exhaustive list of potential symptoms of dyslexia in children. If you identify some of these symptoms, you should seek a professional who can confirm the diagnosis. 

Writing issues

  • Poor copying and writing skills. 
  • Illegible and messy handwriting. 
  • Uncommon pen grip. 
  • Slow writing speed. 
  • Taking longer than normal to finish a written work. 
  • Mistaking the right order of some letters.
  • Even though the child knows and understands what he has to write, he struggles expressing it by writing. 

Reading and spelling issues

  • Reading way below the expected reading level.  
  • Reading loud and being hesitant.
  • Difficulty spelling. 
  • Avoiding reading or any activity that involves it. 
  • Bad pronunciation of words.
  • Trouble reading easy well-known words. 
  • Poor comprehension of the lecture. 
  • Confused about letters, words, or any written expression. 
  • Feeling dizzy and complaining about headaches while reading. 

Hearing and speaking issues

  • Difficulty expressing themselves. 
  • Incomplete sentences. 
  • Repeating themselves. 
  • Mispronouncing and stuttering. 
  • Easily distracted by other sounds.
  • Less concentrated when others speak. 

Behaviour issues

  • Poor concentration 
  • Lack of listening. 
  • Distracted by anything around. 
  • Extremely disordered
  • Extremely tidy and orderly.
  • Struggling to remember things such as phone numbers or passwords. 
  • Struggling to learn ordered things such as the alphabet. 

Other general issues

  • Math problems.
  • Difficulty counting. 
  • Struggling to follow instructions. 
  • Difficulty learning the time. 
  • Poor understanding of easy familiar jokes. 

What to do if your child is showing dyslexia symptoms?

It is really important that parents give the appropriate help to their children as soon as dyslexia is diagnosed or symptoms start to show. With the right support, dyslexic children can achieve anything. 

Do not hesitate to make an appointment with a professional  to confirm the diagnosis. If you are based in the United Kingdom, you should seek an educational psychologist. In France, one should look for a speech therapist. 

Also, there are fortunately tools that can help your child overcome the difficulties. Make sure you try our Lexilight lamp made specifically for dyslexic people.  

It was proven to help 90% of dyslexic people who tried it to read smoother and faster. 

As far as dyslexia is concerned, our blog will be very useful for you to discover more about the subject and help you. Also, the dyslexia section of the NHS will be very useful. You will find many articles to better understand the symptoms of dyslexia depending on the age of your child. 

Last but not least, if you have any doubts, do not hesitate to learn more about the subject. The websites of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) are teaming with quality resources for parents, teachers, health professionals, but also students and young professionals who wish to become speech therapists.


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