Reading Disorder (Dyslexia)

Dyslexia is a language-based processing disorder can affects reading, writing, spelling and sometimes even speaking. Dyslexia is not a sign of poor intelligence or laziness or the result of impaired hearing or vision. Children and adults with dyslexia have a neurological disorder that causes their brains to process and interpret information differently.

 Warning Signs

  • Family history of literacy learning problems.
  • Seems bright and capable but not making expected progress.
  • Excels in Drama, Art, Sport, Technology or Computing.

Reading Difficulties

  •  Lacks awareness of the sounds in words, sound order, rhymes or sequences of syllables (i.e. what is the last sound in the word “bus”, “game”, “sun”).
  • Trouble learning and remembering letter sounds.
  • Hesitant and laboured reader, especially when reading aloud.
  • Relies on visual “look and say” approach to reading.
  • Difficulty catching on to phonics (letter-sound rules).
  • Uses the context of the story and picture cues to identify words.
  • Difficulty decoding unfamiliar words via letter-sound rules.
  • Tends to confuse words that look alike (e.g. was/saw, for/from, the/that, place/palace).

Refer the Resources section of this website for The Dyslexia Checklist

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