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Dyslexia: Top 5 Symptoms

Thursday, 10 Feb 2011 02:33 PM

Dyslexia has been around for a long time and has spanned generations. It is especially evident in children. It hinders a person’s ability to read, write, spell, and even speak. It is the most common learning disability in children and can persist into adulthood. However, the sooner it is recognized and treated, the better are the chances of a favorable outcome.
Symptoms of dyslexia vary according to age and the severity of the condition.
1. The most common symptom of dyslexia in children is letter and number reversals. Though very common up to the age of 8, this symptom of dyslexia diminishes with time. If this problem persists beyond this age, it may be a sign of dyslexia. Among the other dyslexia symptoms in children are problems with spatial arrangements. This can be seen in uncoordinated behavior or movement and facing difficulty with organized sports and games.

Many dyslexic children have confused directionality. They often confuse the right hand with the left. For this reason dyslexia symptoms include difficulty with movement along with music or a particular rhythm.
3. A third important set of dyslexia symptoms are various categories of auditory problems, which includes the inability to recollect what has been heard. Children with dyslexia often have trouble recalling in perfect sequence more than one set of things, or more than one command at a time.

Spelling and reading inabilities are also common dyslexia symptoms in children. These dyslexia symptoms include slow and inaccurate reading, though a complete cessation of the process is not seen. These symptoms of dyslexia extend themselves to difficulty in reading out aloud, skipping words, reading out words in the wrong order, and misplacing one similar sounding word for another. Children with dyslexia often have trouble expressing themselves through finding the right words even though they may know what they want to say.

Another important symptom of dyslexia is if the child develops feelings of low self-esteem and frustration at not being able to comprehend learning materials and play-acting to draw attention away from problems with learning. These emotional symptoms are as important as those listed above and need to be paid attention to.
No two people with dyslexia are exactly the same, so any dyslexic child is likely to have a mix or cluster of these top five symptoms and signs of dyslexia.

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