The symptoms of dyslexia
It is not always easy to identify the symptoms of dyslexia. As each child develops at his / her own pace, one-off learning difficulties can occur here and there, without the need for a dys disorder. But how do you recognize with certainty the symptoms of dyslexia? Only a report made by a speech therapist can confirm the diagnosis. But here are some warning signs to look out for.
Symptoms of dyslexia: when to consult?
Here is a non-exhaustive list of potential symptoms of dyslexia. The more you identify, the more you should talk to a professional:
- Ability to read, write and spell below average despite some or better intelligence
- Preference for oral and visual demonstrations in relation to writing
- Gives the impression of being distracted, has trouble concentrating, can be described as lazy
- Reading problems: inversions, repetitions, substitution and omission of letters, syllables and / or words
- The child says the text "moves" when reading or writing
- Difficulties in understanding what is read
- Phonetic writing
- The child seems to have a deficient view while his vision was considered perfect by an ophthalmologist
- Complains of having a headache when he reads, dizziness
- Difficulties expressing ideas orally
- Physical maladjustment
- Need to make things concrete to apprehend (for example rely on his fingers)
Think you might have it: what to do?
If you have 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 teeming with quality resources for parents, teachers, health professionals, but also students and young professionals who wish to become speech therapists..
As far as dyslexia is concerned, 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.