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Know the early signs of dyslexia

  • 21 June 2016
  • Emma Levy

Know the early signs of dyslexia. If your child can't do most of the list below by age 5 1/2 - 6, screening for dyslexia is important:

  • Name all the letters of the alphabet.
  • Know the sounds of almost all the letters of the alphabet.
  • Understands that the sequence of letters in a written word represents the sequence of sounds in the spoken word.
  • Begins to decode (sound out) simple words.
  • Recognises a growing number of common words by sight (you, my, are, is, the).
  • Uses invented spelling, such as writing 'krr' for 'car'.
  • Writes many upper and lowercase letters.
  • Writes his or her own name (first and last).

(from "Overcoming Dyslexia", Sally Shaywitz).