Dyslexia Signs

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Dyslexia can go undetected in the early grades of schooling. This can be frustrating for children and parents alike. Dr. Edward Hill shares some of the signs of dyslexia in younger children in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Dyslexia is usually diagnosed during elementary school. In some cases, the dyslexia doesnt become apparent until the child is older and is attempting to learn grammar and syntax and to read longer and more complex material.

Many children with dyslexia are not properly identified for several years. This creates a bigger reading problem and a drop in self-esteem. For these reasons, it is important to recognize dyslexia symptoms early in elementary school, and begin appropriate reading instruction right away.

In preschool and elementary school children, some signs of dyslexia include difficulty with:

Learning to talk

Pronouncing longer words


Learning the alphabet, days of the weeks, colors, shapes and numbers

Learning to read and write his or her name

Learning the connection between letters and sounds, and

Handwriting and fine-motor coordination

Children who struggle with learning to talk as preschoolers also are at higher risk for dyslexia. Pediatricians often know the signs of dyslexia and can guide families to proper help.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.