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


Click the boxes of the symptoms you are observing in your child or yourself.  You may print this list when you finish to keep for reference.



Late learning to talk

Inability to rhyme or understand the concept of rhyme

Difficulty pronouncing long words

When young, funny pronunciations for long words (mawn lower for lawn mower,
amiwuz for animals, hangabur for hamburger, callipittar for caterpillar)

When older, still may mispronounce long words

Difficulty learning the alphabet between ages three and six, and older

Difficulty following a series of directions

Unable to master a foreign language

Difficulty finding the right word for objects and having to use the word thing, stuff or  "you know”

May have a limited vocabulary


Difficulty writing and spelling their first and last name still in first and second grade

Can’t spell their middle name correctly by third grade or older

Extreme difficulty learning cursive

Great difficulty writing their full address at third grade or older

Difficulty learning and writing phone numbers, zip codes

May spell the same word several different ways within the same paper or paragraph

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.

Difficulty learning to read and write sight words.  Continues to misspell sight words despite lots of practice.

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.

Poor inventive spelling.  Many missed consonant and vowel sounds. 

Frequent letter and number reversals past first grade.

Incorrect, inconsistent application of capitalization and punctuation rules.

Copying from the board is very difficult

Difficulty putting ideas on paper.

In upper grades, cannot take written notes during a lecture.



Difficulty learning the sounds of letters in kindergarten

Difficulty remembering the names and shapes of letters and cannot name the letters quickly

Transposes the order of letters when reading or spelling

Difficulty learning to read

Difficulty hearing the sounds in words and the order of sounds



Omits common, short words when reading out loud

Makes mistakes reading small words, often substituting the wrong word (reading them as the, his as has, etc.)

Stumbles through long words

Reads a word correctly on one page and incorrectly on another

Reads by shape (reading house as home)

Slow, choppy, laborious reading

Ignores suffixes when reading

Cannot sound out unknown words

Cannot sound out words as a study aid for spelling

Difficulty with comprehension; may have to read something two or three times to understand it.



Weak memory for lists, directions or facts

Distracted by visual or auditory stimuli

Downward trend in achievement test scores or school performance over time

Inconsistent school work (in early grades - does better in social studies and science, but struggles with math and language arts)

Relatives may have similar problems

Late establishing a dominant hand

Chronic ear infections

Difficulty naming colors, objects or letters rapidly

Difficulty learning to tell time

Difficulty learning to tie shoes

Extremely messy bedroom, backpack and desk

Dreads going to school; complains of stomach aches and headaches

May develop anxiety towards school and tests

Often gets lost, even in a familiar place

Difficulty learning to read printed sheet music

May develop anxiety, aggression, class clown behavior or withdrawal in order to deal with school demands


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It is recommended that if a person has 10 or more symptoms, they should be evaluated for dyslexia if they have problems with reading, writing and spelling.

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Aspire Dyslexia Screening Services

If you checked more than 10 symptoms above, give us a call to discuss if a dyslexia screen is right for your family member.


Our dyslexia screen measures grade level:

  1. Decoding abilities
  2. Spelling
  3. Writing
  4. Phonological processing.

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 your child shows more than 10 dyslexia warning signs based on the symptoms checklist above, they should be screened or evaluated for dyslexia.  Give us a call at 515-978-4312 to learn more.


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"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."

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