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Some of the Indicators for Dyslexia

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These are just some of the indicators that your child could be Dyslexic – gifted and creative, but sometimes struggling to reach their full potential. Many of these symptoms can be present for other reasons than Dyslexia.Image

– Initial excitement about school dwindling, resulting in stressful days at school, coming home exhausted, often not having eaten anything

-Appearing bright and intelligent, but unable to succeed at school, even though trying hard

– Fast thinker, fast talker, but often slow to read and write, or unable to do so at year level

– Creative ideas for writing, but trouble putting in the spaces between words, spelling correctly or using appropriate grammar, not using punctuation marks

– Relying heavily on the pictures in the book, guessing the words

– Zones out, daydreams, exhibits a distorted sense of time

– Great difficulty in sounding out words, or understanding phonics

– Spelling or writing correctly one day, but not the next

– Trouble reading the small words, often more so than big words

– Good problem solving skills and can show a lot of attention in areas of interest, but difficulty to focus or remain focused at school, easily distracted

– Right-left confusion, and/or sense of direction

– High IQ, but poor self-esteem and a tendency to cover up their limitations

– Highly creative and artistic, showing musical, mechanical, mathematical aptitude

-Profound visual memory, often seeing the big picture, rather than the detail or a slower sequential process

– Spatial strength, organisational weakness, trouble with concepts of times, sequence and order

– Sophisticated sense of humour or class clown

– Tendency to omit words, skip lines, substitute or guess words

– Poor handwriting, trouble holding a pencil correctly

– May appear hyperactive, disruptive, or frustrated

– Confusion with shapes and number patterns, as well as mathematical symbols

– Difficulty with concept of time, telling the time, or guessing how much time has passed

– Active mind, but easily distracted, often to avoid the task at hand

– Finding it hard to memorize lines, poor working memory, generally to remember things

– Anxious, confused, displaying emotional outbursts in frustration

– Imaginative, with a pronounced sense of satire and intuition

The list could go on.

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Author: Barbara Hoi

I have worked for 14 years with Dyslexic and Asperger geniuses one-on-one, founded Sydney Dyslexia and Autism Sydney, worked in Mosman and at a beach retreat at the Entrance and wrote three books on Dyslexia ('the Right Brain for the Right Time', 'Nurturing the Secret Garden' and 'Learning your Times Tables in Three Bold Steps'). I believe these children and adults have a great gift and the ability to become leaders in their field. But I have also found that a proper diet as well as educating and working together with parents, friends and teachers matters even more. I am now working with small groups at the Entrance Beach Retreat, helping dyslexic adults fulfill their professional dreams and parents to help develop and nurture their child's potential.

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