Warning Signs of Dyslexia


It’s important to keep in mind that if your child attends a Fairfax County Public School, the Development Reading Assessment (DRA) is used to measure reading progress. A child may be “reading” at grade level and still show many of these warning signs (read more about my son’s example). Many teachers are not familiar with dyslexia and have not received training in identifying students with this different brain wiring.

Does your child have 3 or more of the following warning signs?

  • Dysgraphia (slow, non-automatic handwriting that is difficult to read)
  • Letter or number reversals continuing past the end of first grade
  • Slow, choppy, inaccurate reading:
    – skips or misreads prepositions (at, to, of)
    – ignores suffixes
    – can’t sound out unknown words
  • Terrible spelling
  • Often can’t remember sight words (they, were, does) or homonyms (their, they’re, and there)
  • Trouble with math
    – memorizing multiplication tables
    – memorizing a sequence of steps
    – directionality

Reprinted with prior permission from Susan Barton.

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