Characteristics of Dyslexia by Age

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Characteristics of Dyslexia

Is your child bright and creative?  Are they good at math and science, or maybe a talented artist or athlete?  At the same time, are they completely frustrated by reading, spelling, and writing?

You’re not alone.  1 in 5 children struggle to learn to read, write, and spell by traditional teaching methods due to dyslexia.  You may have heard the word before — those kids that reverse their b’s and d’s. But is actually a learning difference that goes beyond letter reversal and is centered in the way the brain is wired to process language and the written word.

Characteristics of dyslexia can often be detected in children as early as preschool.


  • Delay in learning to talk
  • Difficulty in rhyming
  • Doesn’t enjoy listening to books that are read aloud
  • Will reverse or leave off sounds in words iepushetti for spaghetti


  • Difficulty in remembering letters and sounds
  • Cannot say the alphabet without singing
  • Unable to break words into smaller parts ie.base/ball
  • Does not spell phonetically

2nd – 3rd

  • Does not remember common sight words
  • Cannot sound out individual words
  • Guesses or skips words
  • Slow fluency rate
  • Non-phonetic spelling or using incorrect letters for sounds ie. sh for th

4th – 6th

  • Low fluency
  • Avoidance of reading
  • Inability to decode more complex words
  • Reduced vocabulary
  • Uses simple words in writing that are easy to spell

Did you spot your child?  If so, the good news is, there is help! Structured Literacy Therapy is the only teaching method that is research – based and proven to help children with dyslexia. It uses specific multi-sensory teaching methods to re-wire the brain, enabling a child with to learn to read and spell.

At the Multisensory Reading Center, we are excited to partner with you and your child to provide therapy programs. Unlike traditional programs that require you to pay a therapist to sit down with your child 3-4 times per week, our unique program is done over the internet, so no matter where you live, as long as you have a computer and webcam, you have access to our expert instruction.

Here’s how it works. One 45 minute session per week is taught by your therapist. Then, your therapist will send a practice plan for you and your child to work on during the rest of the week which will include computer games, fluency passages, and traditional table-top reading and spelling exercises.  Your therapist is there to guide you through the entire process as you work through 26 levels of direct, multisensory instruction tailored to your child’s specific needs.

To learn more call 469-223-8244, or email to talk with a specialist today.  Turn your child from a struggling reader into a life-long reader.

One comment

  • Lee

    My son called yesterday and mentioned that he is seeing letters and numbers backwards again. I thought he had outgrown this in 1st grade. He is a Sophomore at the University of Texas-Arlington studying engineering. He has been tutoring for many years now and is a teaching assisting in Calculus. He is frustrated when the people he tutors do better than he does on their tests. He knows his subjects well, it just takes longer to do the work. Is there anything that can help him at this point? Thank you, mom

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