Most dyslexics will exhibit about 10 of the following traits and behaviors. These characteristics can vary from day-to-day or minute-to-minute. The most consistent thing about dyslexics is their inconsistency.
Appears bright, highly intelligent, and articulate but unable to read, write, or spell at grade level.
Vision, Reading, and Spelling
Hearing and Speech
Writing and Motor Skills
Math and Time Management
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Marina's Success Story
Marina has developed in the last week, a confidence particularly in reading that was increased over her prior performance in my class. While participating in oral sharing opportunity, other students noticed an increase in Marina’s ability to read accurately, and brought that observation to my attention. Marina has expressed an eagerness to learn, and a willingness to work since I began working with her two years ago. However, she now is expressing that eagerness with a toolbox of strategies to accelerate her efforts.
Elsie Johnson immediately built a rapport with Marina, who is a child raised by Russian parents. Her culture is different than ours, and Elsie was sensitive to that while working with Marina. The post-program teacher consultation was very helpful in understanding how to tie the program to what I am doing in the classroom. I’m excited to watch Marina’s progress for the rest of this school year with this program as part of her tools.
-Laili K. Fifth Grade Teacher
Memory and Cognition
- Excellent long-term memory for experiences, locations, and faces.
- Poor memory for sequences, facts and information that has not been experienced.
- Thinks primarily with images and feeling, not sounds or words (little internal dialogue).
Behavior, Health, Development and Personality
- Extremely disorderly or compulsively orderly.
- Can be class clown, trouble-maker, or too quiet.
- Had unusually early or late developmental stages (talking, crawling, walking, tying shoes).
- Prone to ear infections; sensitive to foods, additives, and chemical products.
- Can be an extra deep or light sleeper; bedwetting beyond appropriate age.
- Unusually high or low tolerance for pain.
- Strong sense of justice; emotionally sensitive; strives for perfection.
- Mistakes and symptoms increase dramatically with confusion, time pressure, emotional stress, or poor health.