Education Eye: Recognising the signs of dyslexia in your child

Catherine Stoker
Catherine Stoker
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I have thought for some time that both of my business partners might be dyslexic.

Having raised this at a recent meeting, they confirmed my suspicions and I am pleased to say we have now put in place better processes to support them.

It can be a very worrying time if parents suspect their child may be experiencing difficulties with school work.

They often feel alone, not knowing where to turn for advice.

Here are a few things to look out for, as signs that your child may be dyslexic.

No two children are the same so the list is not comprehensive, but if you observe several of the behaviours below, it might be worth asking your child’s school to investigate.

Reading is arduous, takes a long time and print seems too small.

Words jumble together as spaces between them are difficult to see.

Finding it hard to locate a place on a page after looking away.

Maths and language learning appear slower than expected and processing information takes longer.

Retaining sequences of letters appears hard.

Short concentration span, disorganised, low self-esteem and often shows signs of frustration.

Poor short-term memory, sense of direction and lack of awareness of time.

Slow execution of motor skills and left-right orientation appears poor.

Difficulties when copying information from a whiteboard.

Verbal intelligence and articulation that is advanced for their age.

They may prefer to chat with adults instead of their peers.

If you suspect your child is experiencing some unexplained difficulties with learning, never sit back and worry until the next parents’ evening, contact your child’s form teacher or tutor straight away and ask for a meeting to talk through your concerns.