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Dyslexia Screening Test


A dyslexia screen measures if your child is showing the biological warning signs of dyslexia and your child's grade-level ability to read, write and spell.

Our Advanced Dyslexia Screening Test Measures:

It Also Measures Grade Level:

The screen will indicate if an Orton-Gillingham approach to reading, writing and spelling is appropriate. Our screen provides a report of findings as well as recommendations for what to do next.  If you child shows warning signs, we strongly recommend parents follow through with a full, clinical educational assessment. 




Common Dyslexia Symptoms

Dyslexia has 44 symptoms.  People typically have some, but not all.  It is recommended that if  a person has more than 10 symptoms, they should be evaluated for dyslexia if they have problems with reading, writing and spelling.



  1. Late learning to talk
  2. Inability to rhyme or understand the concept of rhyme
  3. Difficulty pronouncing long words
  4. When young, funny pronunciations for long words (mawn lower for lawn mower,
    amiwuz for animals, hangabur for hamburger, callipittar for caterpillar)
  5. When older, still may mispronounce long words
  6. Difficulty learning the alphabet between ages three and six, and older
  7. Difficulty following a series of directions
  8. Unable to master a foreign language
  9. Difficulty finding the right word for objects and having to use the word thing, stuff or  "you know”
  10. May have a limited vocabulary


  1. Difficulty writing and spelling their first and last name still in first and second grade
  2. Can’t spell their middle name correctly by third grade or older
  3. Extreme difficulty learning cursive
  4. Great difficulty writing their full address at third grade or older
  5. Difficulty learning and writing phone numbers, zip codes
  6. May spell the same word several different ways within the same paper or paragraph
  7. Does very poorly on weekly spelling and handwriting is extremely poor when writing spelling words. May do well on weekly spelling tests, but will forget the words by next week.
  8. Difficulty learning to read and write sight words.  Continues to misspell sight words despite lots of practice.
  9. Handwriting is very poor, holds pencil in a very awkward manner, non-uniform and inadequate spacing between words and letters, letter heights are not correct, tails of letters do not go below the lines.  Letters and words do not sit on the lines of the paper but float all over.
  10. Poor inventive spelling.  Many missed consonant and vowel sounds. 
  11. Frequent letter and number reversals past first grade.
  12. Incorrect, inconsistent application of capitalization and punctuation rules.
  13. Copying from the board is very difficult
  14. Difficulty putting ideas on paper.
  15. In upper grades, cannot take written notes during a lecture.



  1. Difficulty learning the sounds of letters in kindergarten
  2. Difficulty remembering the names and shapes of letters and cannot name the letters quickly
  3. Transposes the order of letters when reading or spelling
  4. Difficulty learning to read
  5. Difficulty hearing the sounds in words and the order of sounds



  1. Omits common, short words when reading out loud
  2. Makes mistakes reading small words, often substituting the wrong word (reading them as the, his as has, etc.)
  3. Stumbles through long words
  4. Reads a word correctly on one page and incorrectly on another
  5. Reads by shape (reading house as home)
  6. Slow, choppy, laborious reading
  7. Ignores suffixes when reading
  8. Cannot sound out unknown words
  9. Cannot sound out words as a study aid for spelling
  10. Difficulty with comprehension; may have to read something two or three times to understand it.



  1. Weak memory for lists, directions or facts
  2. Distracted by visual or auditory stimuli
  3. Downward trend in achievement test scores or school performance over time
  4. Inconsistent school work (in early grades - does better in social studies and science, but struggles with math and language arts)
  5. Relatives may have similar problems
  6. Late establishing a dominant hand
  7. Chronic ear infections
  8. Difficulty naming colors, objects or letters rapidly
  9. Difficulty learning to tell time
  10. Difficulty learning to tie shoes
  11. Extremely messy bedroom, backpack and desk
  12. Dreads going to school; complains of stomach aches and headaches
  13. May develop anxiety towards school and tests
  14. Often gets lost, even in a familiar place
  15. Difficulty learning to read printed sheet music
  16. May develop anxiety, aggression, class clown behavior or withdrawal in order to deal with school demands


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Customer Comments

" I could write a book about the problems we had regarding our son and his learning disability. He was finally diagnosed at UW Madison. We sent him to a special reading camp in Northern Wisconsin for two summers which used the Orton Gillingham method only to have his regular teachers ignore everything he learned so he would back slide. I had a boss who trained pilots during the war who told me that when schools stopped teaching phonics you could see these kids coming out of the woodwork. But no one wants to listen. Yes, we can cut back on our education budgets and use that money to build more prisons because that is where a lot of our young people with disabilities will end up. God bless you for having a program to help these young people. Thank you."

Sandy W.
Des Moines, IA