Dyslexia Screening Checklist (All ages)
While all individuals are unique, and certain symptoms are more crucial at specific ages, nevertheless, there are some commonalities that indicate dyslexia may be an issue for you or your child.
For some, the struggle will be seen in their early school years, but, in others, it may not be noted until the later grades or even adulthood. The following are symptoms of dyslexia with which people may present.
Research indicates that if a person has ten or more symptoms, evaluation and remediation may be indicated.
Check any of the symptoms you are observing in each of the following areas:
____Learning to talk later than peers
____Difficulty recognizing letter in the alphabet
____Struggles to match letters to sounds
____Difficulty with word finding
____difficulty seeing visual differences in number or letter (eg: p, d, b, q OR 3, 8 OR 17, 71)
____Difficulty discerning difference in shapes
____Inability to rhyme
___History of Chronic ear infections
____Difficulty pronouncing multi-syllable words
____Mispronounces longer words (hogspetti for spaghetti)
____Difficulty following more than one direction.
___Difficulty segmenting sounds in words (/c/ /a/ /t/ blends to make the word /cat/)
___Difficulty learning the alphabet
___Weak memory (sight words, math facts, directions)
___May misspell the same word within a paragraph or paper.
___Misspells common words
___difficulty learning spelling words. May “learn” them while studying during the week, may do poorly on Friday test. May forget them in a few weeks.
___difficulty learning to read and write sight words.
___Handwriting is very poor, hold pencil in an awkward manner. Spacing between letters and words in non-uniform. Inadequate spacing between letters and words.
___Difficulty with letter formation and how they should look on paper (tails of letters below the line, letter height, eg.)
___Inventive spelling is sporadic, with missing vowel and/or consonant sounds.
___Difficulty taking notes during a lecture
___difficulty copying from the board
___Difficulty copying from one plane to another (copying from a book on to paper)
___Frequent letter and number reversals past first grade
___difficulty getting thoughts on paper
EARLY READERS (4 – 6-year olds)
___Difficulty learning the sounds of letters
___Difficulty remembering names and shapes of letters
___can’t recall letter names quickly
___difficulty learning to read
____difficulty learning sight words
____difficulty rhyming – identifying and/or producing rhymes
___Difficulty learning to tie shoes
___late establishing a dominant hand
___Trouble memorizing address, phone, alphabet
OLDER READERS (6 years and older)
___frequently omits common, short words when reading aloud, especially when it changes the meaning
___cannot sound out words when spelling longer words
___Dysgraphia (slow, nonefficient handwriting; difficult to read)
___Letter/number reversals that last past first grade
___Difficulty learning cursive
___Poor, inconsistent spelling
___Trouble learning sight words, math facts
___Trouble learning math problem solving steps
___Trouble telling time
___Difficulty forming sounds into words – “sounding it out” is difficult
___Difficulty sounding out unknown words
___Inconsistent reading. May need to figure out an unknown word again and again, even when in the same sentence or page.
___Reading comprehension difficulty.
___Unable to master a foreign language
___Large discrepancy between verbal skills and written composition
___May have to read a page 2 or 3 times to understand it.
___Often gets lost, even in a familiar city
___Still some reversals (b/d, eg.), even directionality (right vs left)
___Easily distract by visual or auditory stimuli (too many words on paper, noisy classroom)
___Concerns over time (several months, years,). May be reflected in downward trending achievement test scores.
___genetics – family member(s) may have similar struggles
___Multiple ear infections
___Difficulty naming colors, objects, letters rapidly
___Difficulty learning to tell time, tie shoes
___Difficulty with day-to-day tasks (messy bedroom, backpack, desk)
___May develop anxiety toward school or testing situations
___May develop aggression, class clown behavior, or withdrawal
Reminder: If there is a score of 10 or higher, it is an indication that dyslexia may be an issue and further testing is indicated.
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