Clues of Dyslexia in Your Student

At the Texas Tutor Team, our tutors will look to identify if a student may have dyslexia. One issue dyslexic students often exhibit is that they have a difficulty decoding words. This includes taking a written word and correctly pronouncing all the sounds in the word as well as being able to correctly write out a word that they have heard. Also, students with dyslexia may have a difficult time learning and memorizing high frequency words. This is especially difficult for words that don’t follow standard English rules such as words “one” and “who”. However, sight word recognition is very important as young students work to improve their reading abilities.

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Clues to Dyslexia in Early Childhood

The earliest clues involve mostly spoken language. The very first clue to a language (and reading) problem may be delayed language. Once the child begins to speak, look for difficulties with rhyming, phonemic awareness, and the ability to read common one-syllable words..


For young readers with dyslexia, there are a number of steps that you can take to help improve their reading skills. One is to find books that rely heavily on high frequency words and let your student read such books over and over. The repetition with help them in learn many high frequency words. For those words that don’t follow standard English rules, rote memory is often the best approach for dyslexic students learn because sounding them out doesn’t work well. Also, as you pick out more advanced books for your student, don’t move too quickly and find ways for your child to build reading skills and gain confident in their reading abilities. In addition, find books with topics that interest your child. This will help keep them motivated to read a tough book even with new unfamiliar words.

Mike Fossen
Author: Mike Fossen