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Dyslexia Symptoms: Am I Dyslexic?

Dyslexia is a learning disorder that affects many people and is typically diagnosed during a child’s school years. When many think of dyslexia they think of a disorder that causes the person to see letters and numbers in reverse or inverted. Just because you have that symptom does not mean you are dyslexic.

There is no doubt that reversing letters can be a warning sign of dyslexia. However, this condition can occur in children without the learning disorder as late as first grade. If the condition of letter reversal continues beyond first grade you should begin to screen for dyslexia.

What are some of the symptoms of this learning disorder that will be noticed? Learning difficulties is the first sign. A child may find it hard to copy words from a book. His writing will have frequent misspellings, uneven spacing, and letter size. The child may have poor memory. And, quite often, a child with dyslexia will experience problems with math, mainly with arithmetic operations.

Outside of the classroom there are other symptoms. One thing noticeable is they will have trouble distinguishing between left and right. Often times, they will show no preference for being left or right handed.

Other common symptoms relate to auditory problems. The child will have problems understanding what they hear and especially have memory problems remembering what they hear. The child will have problems with their sentences making sense because of mispronounced words, use of the wrong words, or even words or parts of the sentence missing entirely. The problems communicating make it likely a child will withdraw itself because it is upsetting to communicate with others.

Common amongst dyslexic children is shyness, low self-esteem, and depression. The symptoms above make that child stand out from the rest of their peers, and their peers will make fun of them for it. Also, without diagnosing dyslexia, the child could be looked at as unmotivated and lazy.

If a child shows any of the symptoms discussed in this article it is important to begin accepting the reality that the child has dyslexia and to begin working immediately to help cope with the disability.

There are a number of different symptoms for the learning disability dyslexia, far more than most people know about. By learning these symptoms you will be able to diagnosis dyslexia with greater accuracy, which will help you determine who is truly a sufferer of the disability.