By Emily Lapkin
Kids are expected to do more reading and writing each year in grade school. This could make signs of dyslexia more apparent. Here are a few common warning signs.
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@dmascola: It's a myth that people with dyslexia always read or write backwards. Symptoms sometimes include flipping letters or numbers around. But reversing isn’t always a sign of dyslexia. (Young kids who don’t have dyslexia often do this too.) Read more about this commonly-held thought, and also check out: I’m Concerned My Child Might Have Dyslexia. Now What?
My son writes certain numbers and letters backwards - especially 3 and 7. Is this a sign of dyslexia? He is almost 8 and in 2nd grade. He was a reluctant reader, but is now doing very well with reading at grade level. I'm just not sure if that is still age appropriate or if that should be a sign of concern at this age.
Emily Lapkin, thank you for your article. Very helpful for parents who might not be recognizing the early signs of dyslexia. My other comment is this thread was in response to the Chino who thought his/her child may be just lazy. So often resistance to reading, apparent laziness, or even oppositional behavior, can be early signs of dyslexia.
A proper evaluation should determine if it is dyslexia or not. Better to find out. Maybe his resistance to reading is because it is so difficult for him.
@EmilyM: I'm glad to hear your son was evaluated and is getting the support he needs at school. Sounds like you're really on top of making sure he has what he needs to succeed! As for getting an official diagnosis, that may be something to discuss with the professional who is evaluating him to see if he has ADHD. Knowing that he's already been diagnosed with a reading disability is important information in sorting out what else may (or may not) be getting in the way of his learning. If further investigation as to what type of reading disability he has is warranted, the specialist may be able to help you pursue that information as well.
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