October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

If you’re a person with dyslexia or a parent, teacher, educational assistant, or support worker, you know what the struggle to read and write looks like. What doesn’t get talked about as often as the actual neurological effects of dyslexia are the potential lasting emotional effects that come from having any learning disability. Self-esteem and self-worth suffer when people feel like they aren’t as good as their peers at reading and writing. We know that there is absolutely no correlation between intelligence and dyslexia – Einstein was dyslexic – but it can be hard to convince yourself, your child, or your student of that when self-esteem is low.

We came across an excellent article on The International Dyslexia Association, Ontario Branch, website that we thought might be helpful for parents and educators. They’ve posted a list of common signs of dyslexia at various ages, which we’ve shared below. If you think your child might be dyslexic we recommend having a look at their website for further information. Once a diagnosis is in place there are lots of resources that you can access for support or information and, of course, there are fantastic assistive technologies, like WordQ 5, that can be am absolute game changer when it comes to reading and writing better and with confidence.

Grades K-2

  • Trouble with rhyming

  • Difficulty learning letter names and sounds

  • Not learning phonics readily

  • Inconsistent memory for words

  • Can’t remember lists (days, months)

  • Mispronounces words

  • Distracted by background noise

  • Poor retrieval of names for colours, objects

  • Does not spell phonetically

  • Frustration, avoidance

Grades 3-4

  • Reverses letter sequences (soiled/solid, left/felt)

  • Problems with phonic decoding

  • Over-reliance on context and guessing to decode words

  • Poor spelling

  • Difficulty learning new vocabulary

  • Symbol confusion ( e.g. arithmetic symbols: =, +, -, x, )

  • Grades 5-6

  • Poor spelling, symbolic errors

  • Poor punctuation, capitalization

  • Difficulty learning cursive writing

  • Over-reliance on context to read; poor decoding

  • Dislike and avoidance of writing and reading

Grades 7-8

  • Slow reading

  • Can’t decode new vocabulary

  • Poor spelling

  • Difficulty organizing written compositions

  • Word confusions

Grade 9+

  • Written language skills less developed than reading comprehension

  • Poor spelling and ‘mechanics’ of writing

  • Difficulty learning a second (or third) language

  • Slow, minimal, or disorganized writing

If you or someone you know struggles with dyslexia, download a Free 30-Day trial of WordQ 5 today and find out for yourself that WordQ works!

Click here to view the list on The International Dyslexia Association, Ontario Branch, website.