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Dyslexia symptoms are neurologically based, and the disability interferes with language processing skills. Dyslexia definition is a cluster of markers that result in students having difficulty with phonological processing, reading comprehension and fluency, spelling, and handwriting. Dyslexia students have problems initially with decoding (reading by sounding out sounds and words), a key indicator of dyslexia.

​A common dyslexia symptom is a deficit in the phonological knowledge of language development that is usually unexpected in relation to the other cognitive abilities. Dyslexia is often familial and can range from mild to profound and can occur with any level of intellectual ability.  With dyslexia in children, some students can initially read.  However, they will eventually hit a brick wall when they enter into a reading level that has more advanced words.  Studies indicate that 15% of the population has some form of dyslexia which is the major cause of reading failure in school.

dyslexia warning signs

Early Warning Signs in Preschool and Kindergarten:

  • Delayed speech development
  • Mixing up sounds and syllables in long words
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Constant confusion of left versus right
  • Late establishing a dominant hand
  • Can't create words that rhyme
  • Trouble memorizing their address and phone number
  • A close relative with dyslexia

Dyslexia students have gifts in areas controlled by the right hemisphere of the brain:

  • Artistic skills
  • Athletic ability
  • Musical ability
  • Mechanical ability
  • People skills
  • 3-D visual and spatial skills
  • Vivid imagination
  • Intuition
  • Creative global thinking
  • Curiosity

Reading Solutions

Dyslexia Traits of our Students

  • Our students have great difficulty in sounding out unknown words...despite being taught phonics. 
  • Our students have difficulty reading or spelling high frequency words (they, were, does, then, there, because, those, when, their). 
  • Our students have letter or number reversals continuing past the end of first grade.
  • Our students struggle with reading fluency (slow, choppy or inaccurate).
  • Our students skip or misread prepositions (at, to, of, on, in).
  • Our students ignore reading suffixes (words that end with ly, al, ist, er, ive).
  • We tutor students who are struggling as much with spelling...as reading.
  • Our students have trouble with memorizing multiplication tables or a sequence of steps.
  • Our students have trouble remembering when they write that a sentence has to start with a capital letter, and every sentence has to have punctuation.
  • Our students often have difficulty with penmanship or have dysgraphia (slow, non-automatic handwriting that is difficult to read.
  • Our Reading Solutions students read and spell differently, and we specialize in tutoring them with the Orton-Gillingham method and the  Barton Reading & Spelling System.

Martha Williams

Reading Solutions

1140 Portland Place

Boulder, CO  80304



dyslexia traits