Signs of Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a learning disorder that affects an individual’s ability to read, write, spell, and speak. It’s not always easily detected in early elementary school. And if you’re like some parents, it may be confusing if your child performs very well in certain academic areas and significantly struggles in others. To make it more complicating, public schools do not label learning challenges as dyslexia, dysgraphia, or dyscalculia. The school places student’s learning challenges in a catch-all category called “Specific Learning Disability (SLD).”

During the early elementary years, naturally bright children may show weaknesses in the areas of reading and processing information. Teachers or parents may not detect these difficulties because the demands of classwork have not yet outweighed the student’s strengths. As students advance to higher learning, they can no longer compensate for the higher intellectual demands of middle school and high school.

Parents who know what signs of dyslexia to look for will have an easier time bringing it to the attention of school personnel.

Signs of Dyslexia

Trouble with Expressing Ideas
Students with dyslexia tend to have trouble expressing themselves. They know the information, but they can’t pull it up or explain it to anyone else.

Difficulty with Organization
Students with dyslexia often have trouble keeping track of assignment deadlines and may try to cover it by saying they were never given a due date.

Trouble Learning a Foreign Language
For the same reasons students with dyslexia have a hard time with their native languages, they will struggle even more with a foreign language.

Trouble Learning Higher Math
Students with dyslexia may have trouble with higher math subjects like algebra.

Doesn’t Get Jokes, Puns, or Proverbs
Sometimes family members or school peers poke fun of a student because they never seem to get the punchline. The student doesn’t understand puns or proverbs where meanings aren’t apparently clear. This could be a sign of processing problems. A student who can’t process hidden meanings may have dyslexia.

These are just a few of the less commonly known signs of dyslexia for parents and teachers to look out for. The only definitive way, however, to identify a learning disability is through a psychoeducational evaluation.

Paradox Psychological Services is a child and teen therapy center with two office locations: Bressi Ranch and Aviara Parkway. Our child therapists at Bressi Ranch are also near San Marcos. We provide accurate and reliable psychoeducational evaluations. Additionally, we offer an action and goal-oriented approach to child and teen therapy. To learn more about our services, contact us today for a free phone consultation.

About Susan Gehrig, PhD

Susan Gehrig, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and founder of Paradox Psychological Services located in Carlsbad. She has a passion for supporting the wellbeing of children and teens. Her expertise is in child mindfulness and self-compassion, cognitive behavioral therapy, and child development. Dr. Gehrig provides psychoeducational testing and therapy services to help build a plan for success. Paradox provides services for families of San Diego North County and greater areas.

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