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Dyslexia: What You’re Seeing in Your Middle-Schooler

By Emily Lapkin

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It’s not unusual for signs of dyslexia to first show up in middle school. Workloads increase, making it hard for kids to keep masking their weaknesses. Here are some of the common warning signs of dyslexia in middle school.

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Dyslexia: What You’re Seeing in Your Middle-Schooler

Is your tween or teen struggling with situations like these? Keep track of what you see. Your observations are key when talking with doctors and teachers about how best to help your child.

Reads Very Slowly
At home: Your child takes a very long time to finish homework that requires reading.

At school: Your child avoids reading out loud in class.

The issue: Sounding out or “decoding” words is difficult with dyslexia, which slows down the reading process.

Often Can’t Find the Right Word to Say
At home: Your child stammers and says “um” and other “filler words” a lot.

At school: Your child has difficulty saying the right word. He uses words that sound similar but have different meanings (such as “distinct” instead of “extinct”).

The issue: Dyslexia can make it hard to think of the precise word or to pronounce it correctly.

Struggles With Writing Assignments
At home: Your child spells the same word differently in the same essay.

At school: Your child has difficulty expressing ideas in an organized way and with proper spelling, grammar and punctuation.

The issue: Dyslexia affects children’s ability to write and to proofread their work.

Struggles to Fit In
At home: Your child doesn’t pick up on body language or learn from social blunders.

At school: Your child struggles to “fit in” with classmates or participate in group projects.

The issue: Dyslexia can affect many aspects of communication, which can impact social skills.
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Reviewed by Sheldon H. Horowitz, Ed.D. Feb 12, 2014 Feb 12, 2014

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