Does my child have a reading problem or could he be dyslexic?

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"Here are some red flags to watch out for in upper primary and high school." Photo: Annie Spratt/Unsplash
"Here are some red flags to watch out for in upper primary and high school." Photo: Annie Spratt/Unsplash

Here are some red flags to watch out for in upper primary and high school:

1. Reluctant reader or very slow, word-by-word reader

2. Has great difficulty with words in lists, nonsense words and words not in their vocabulary

3. Very poor speller - misspells sounds, leaves out sounds, adds or leaves out letters or whole syllables

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4. Is a non-fluent and untidy writer

5. When speaking, they may have a tendency to mispronounce common words (floormat for format)

6. May have difficulty using or comprehending more complex grammatical structures

7. Sometimes listening comprehension is superior to performance on timed measures of reading comprehension

8. May have weak vocabulary knowledge and use, or have an advanced vocabulary that does not reflect in their written work.

A full reading assessment can help identify the exact issue that might be causing a child to underperform in the classroom.

You might want to have a look at the dyslexia screening tool that we have compiled.

For an online CHECKLIST to use at home: Click here for primary school or click here for adults or high schoolers.

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