I Spy Dyslexia

Intrigue, mystery, unknowns. It’s no wonder that kids love spy games, television shows, and the popular graphic novel series Spy School. Unfortunately for parents, characteristics of intrigue, mystery, and unknowns are concerning when you worry your child might have dyslexia. However, astute, and intuitive parents like you can spy the symptoms of dyslexia. You just need to know what clues to look for.

Spying Dyslexia Clues

Spying clues early and confirming a diagnosis can position you to solve the dyslexia case. Look for these clues.  Elementary age clues:

  • trouble memorizing his address, phone number, or the alphabet
  • can’t create words that rhyme
  • messy handwriting, letters that are formed differently and don’t sit on the line
  • letter or number reversals continuing past first grade
  • slow, choppy, inaccurate reading and mispronouncing small words
  • terrible spelling
  • often can’t remember sight words
  • trouble with math: memorizing multiplication tables
  • extremely messy bedroom, backpack, or desk

Spying Dyslexia Clues in Middle and High School

Middle and high school age clues can encompass the above as well as:

  • dreads going to school
  • limited vocabulary
  • poor written expression
  • problems mastering a foreign language
  • does not like to read for pleasure
  • would rather listen to an audio book than read one

A Hurting Mom

If you observed three or more dyslexia clues in your child, seek school neuropsychological testing. Along with being informative, it can give you peace of mind and direction. As one mom put it, “It hurt to see him struggle. We just need to know so we can move forward.”  She had to convince her husband to agree to testing because he thought the boy was being lazy or needed more time. Our testing is not simply meant to put a label on a child but to help direct you to solve the mystery of why your child is struggling and give support.

Call to discuss your child as we test children ages 5.5 through college for dyslexia, learning disabilities, ADHD, depression, anxiety, and other processing disorders.  Call (561) 625 4125