Common signs of dyslexia in children fifth through eighth grade

Dyslexia is a learning disability that hinders the development of some language skills. Children with dyslexia have problems translating the sounds within words (phonemes) into meaningful concepts.

A child this age with dyslexia:

  • Usually reads below grade level.
  • May reverse letter sequence such as soiled for solid, left for felt.
  • May be slow to discern and learn prefixes, suffixes, root words, and other reading and spelling strategies.
  • May have difficulty spelling; may spell the same word differently on the same page.
  • May avoid reading aloud.
  • May have trouble with word problems in math.
  • May write with difficulty or have illegible handwriting; pencil grip is awkward, fistlike or tight.
  • May avoid writing.
  • May have slow or poor recall of facts.

Last Updated: June 12, 2008

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