The sad fact is that most children are only diagnosed with dyslexia after several years of struggling at school. The symptoms of dyslexia are often missed in busy classrooms. But learning to read, write and spell are skills not related to intelligence so any child in a mainstream school who is behind their peers at language skills, whether they be verbal or written, should be considered for dyslexia testing.
Less obvious dyslexia symptoms can identify those in need of help. A dyslexic child will often have problems with their five senses, especially vision and hearing. Dyslexics may find it difficult to hear exactly what is being said so they become isolate as they are unable to keep up with their classmates’ conversations. Sometimes their hearing will be over sensitive and they choose to spend a lot of time alone to avoid the shouts and boisterous behavior of other children.
Other problems with their senses may be sensitivity to bright light, particular smells and the feel of certain fabrics. Other dyslexia symptoms and signs can show themselves in general clumsiness, under achievement in sports and a tendency to motion sickness. These indicate an under-developed cerebellum or weak vestibular balance system.
More generally, a child who gets confused easily may be exhibiting symptoms of dyslexia. This may take the form of mixing up left and right. It can also exhibit itself whenever a sequence is involved. Such as remembering directions or a list of instructions. This can also show itself in unusual sentence construction or by mixing up two similar words.
Handwriting and other fine motor-skills are also generally poor in dyslexics. One dyslexia symptom that is a strong indicator of some level of problem is how the child grips the pencil. Adopting a normal pencil grip requires the child to be able to correctly observe how the teacher is doing it and be able to mimic it. This is harder than it seems as they will get confused over the positions of the teacher’s fingers and also have trouble moving their own figures into position.
If your child is exhibiting any of these symptoms or you are generally worried about their school performance then have them tested for dyslexia. It may not be the cause of the problems but with all development problems the sooner they are diagnosed and the sooner treatment begins, the more successful the child will be in school.