Could it be dyslexia?
The difficulties displayed by individuals with dyslexia involve difficulties in acquiring and using written language. Intelligence is not the issue. It is important to keep in mind that dyslexia occurs on a continuum from mild to severe; no two learners with a dyslexia profile are the same.However there will be a particular pattern of strengths and weaknesses in underlying cognitive processing areas related to language based tasks such as reading and spelling which enable dyslexia to be identified.
What are the common characteristics of dyslexia?
Difficulty aquiring and using oral and written language
Difficulty in phonological awareness,including segmenting,blending and manipulting sounds in words
Difficulty mastering the the alphabetical principle and basic decoding skills (sounds to letters)
Slow, inaccurate laboured reading. (lacking fluency)
Difficulty acquiring age appropriate sight words recognition skills (visual coding)
Difficulty learning to spell accurately
Difficulty learning and retaining multi-syllabic vocabulary
Limited reading comprehension due to weak decoding and/or word recognition and fluency skillsOral language skills are often stronger than written language skills
What are other common symptoms?
Difficulty naming colors, objects, and letters rapidly, in a sequence
Weak memory for lists, directions, or facts
Needs to see or hear concepts many times to learn them
Distracted by visual or auditory stimuli
Downward trend in achievement test scores or school performance
Inconsistent school work
Teacher says, “If only they would try harder,
If your child or student is indicating difficulties in most of the above areas ADA recommends a professional pre assessment screening as the first step.
Adults and Dyslexia
Unidentified children grow into unidentified adults. Dyslexia does not go away, you do not outgrow it.
What are some common adult characteristics of dyslexia?
Avoiding reading and writing whenever possible
Trying to conceal difficulties with reading and writing from other people
Relying on memory and verbal skills,rather than reading or writing