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"Symptoms of Dyslexia" continued

  • Preschoolers may have some of the following: delayed speech; chronic ear infections; constantly mixing up the sounds and syllables in longer words ('pas-ghetti', instead of 'spaghetti'); late establishing a dominant hand; extreme difficulty learning to tie their shoes, or any task requiring the mastery of consecutive steps; may stutter; can't create words that rhyme. 
  • Primary and middle school age children may have difficulty writing and extreme difficulty learning cursive; they can't remember sight words or sound out unknown words; have difficulty telling time on an analog clock; possible problems with math; have a very messy bedroom, backpack and desk; dreads going to school and may have nightmares about school.
  • High schoolers may have some or all of the symptoms above as well as poor vocabulary; wide discrepancy between verbal skills and written assignments (they can give a convincing speech but a very poor written report); and have poor grades in many classes. Many drop out of school, because they feel 'stupid'.
  • Adults will have an educational history similar to those above. They may also be a slow reader; a terrible speller; still have difficulty distinguishing right from left; and often get lost, even in familiar surroundings, or may not be able to read a map. Although their ideas may be brilliant, their reports are brief and simple.

​In general, there is a developmental stage early in life where the brain of a dyslexic fails to make certain language connections; that makes it difficult to learn to read. This can be overcome with adequate teaching materials and trained tutors, and is actually a process of 'retraining the brain' to make those connections, so the dyslexic is enabled to learn to read. It is worthwhile to note that the alternate connections that are made in these dyslexic brains often lead to tremendous and ingenius inventions and solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems. The graphic below shows a model of dyslexia, with a weakness—decoding reading— surrounded by a sea of strengths. wingsTutor is  dedicated to uncovering the amazing abilities and talents of many dyslexics. (9)