3 Possible Indicators of Dyslexis

Dyslexia is a brain processing disorder which keeps a child from reading easily, no matter the amount of practice or remediation. How can you tell the difference between dyslexia and a learning disorder? There are some signs to look for if a student may have dyslexia.

1. Sight Word Difficulty

Sight words are words that should be recognized on sight. They are the most common words in the English language and are generally part of the everyday curriculum in school. If a student has difficulty recalling them easily, even after repeated practice, this may be a sign.

2. Slow, Inaccurate Fluency

A student who reads out loud with a slow, difficult pace and has a lot of accuracy mistakes, may have dyslexia. Their mistakes tend to be guesses of words that look alike, without using phonetic clues. Fluency does not improve easily with repeated practice, even below level.

3. Poor Spelling

Poor spelling is especially apparent in struggling students. This happens even with words that can be sounded out easily. It may also be that students misspell different words on different days and cannot correct them. Sight words that are not phonetically regular are a trial for them as well.