Friday, February 25, 2022

How Dyslexia Signs/Symptoms Change With Age

How Dyslexia Signs/Symptoms Change With


By Maura Baker

Dyslexia is a life-long condition that can affect your reading, writing, spelling, etc. While it lasts for your whole life, the signs and symptoms of Dyslexia can change as you age. Knowing the signs of Dyslexia can be important because not only can it help you find solutions, but it can help you make a decision on whether or not it would be a good idea to get diagnosed (a diagnosis can have negative effects, such as lowering of self-esteem, but it can also have positive effects, such as having access to certain accommodations). Here is a list of some signs of Dyslexia and how they change/adapt with age. 

Dyslexia in Preschool:

Common signs:

  • Learning to speak can be harder

  • Issues rhyming/remembering the pronunciation of certain words

  • Trouble understanding and/or following instructions

  • Trouble learning the alphabet

Dyslexia in Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

Common signs:

  • Confusing the names/shapes of letters (most common are pairs like b and d and p and q)

  • Trouble breaking words into individual sounds

  • Misreading/adding words when reading 

  • Possible dislike of school

Dyslexia in 3rd Grade - 5th Grade

Common signs:

  • Trouble recognizing “sight words”

  • Making similar mistakes often (such as constantly reading “complete” as “compete”)

  • Often making spelling issues

  • Getting frustrated about reading/avoidance

Dyslexia in Tween and Teen Years:

Common signs:

  • Slow reading/hesitation, especially when reading out loud

  • Retaining information better when it’s read out loud

  • Increasing anxiety about reading/writing (especially out loud)

  • Issues understanding idioms/abbreviations

Dyslexia in Adults:

Common signs:

  • Never reading for fun (or maybe only reading audiobooks)

  • Executive functioning issues

  • Issues with time management (as certain tasks may take you longer)

  • Trouble understanding

While everyone experiences Dyslexia differently, these are some of the common signs of Dyslexia by age groups.

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