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    Am I Dyslexic ?

    Common Characteristics of Dyslexic Children and Adults

    • Appears bright, highly intelligent, and articulate but unable to read, write, or spell at grade level.

    • Labeled lazy, dumb, careless, immature, “not trying hard enough,” or “behavior problem.”

    • Isn’t “behind enough” or “bad enough” to be helped in the school setting.

    • High in IQ, yet may not test well academically; tests well orally, but not on paper.

    • Feels dumb; has poor self-esteem; hides or covers up weaknesses with ingenious compensatory strategies; easily frustrated and emotional about school reading or testing.

    • Talented in art, drama, music, sports, mechanics, story-telling, sales, business, designing, building, or engineering.

    • Gets lost easily or loses track of time.

    • Difficulty sustaining attention; seems “hyper” or “daydreamer.”

    • Learns best through hands-on experience, demonstrations, experimentation, observation, and visual aids.

    Vision, Reading, and Spelling

    • Complains of dizziness, headaches or stomach aches while reading.

    • Confused by letters, numbers, words, sequences, or verbal explanations.

    • Reading or writing shows repetitions, additions, transpositions, omissions, substitutions, and reversals in letters, numbers and/or words.

    • Complains of feeling or seeing non-existent movement while reading, writing, or copying.

    • Seems to have difficulty with vision, yet eye exams don’t reveal a problem.

    • Extremely keen sighted and observant, or lacks depth perception and peripheral vision.

    • Reads and rereads with little comprehension.

    • Spells phonetically and inconsistently.

    Hearing and Speech

    • Has extended hearing; hears things not said or apparent to others; easily distracted by sounds.

    • Difficulty putting thoughts into words; speaks in halting phrases; leaves sentences incomplete; stutters under stress; mispronounces long words, or transposes phrases, words, and syllables when speaking.

    Writing and Motor Skills

    • Trouble with writing or copying; pencil grip is unusual; handwriting varies or is illegible.

    • Clumsy, uncoordinated, poor at ball or team sports; difficulties with fine and/or gross motor skills and tasks; prone to motion-sickness.

    • Can be ambidextrous, and often confuses left/right, over/under.

    Math and Time Management

    • Has difficulty telling time, managing time, learning sequenced information or tasks, or being on time.

    • Computing math shows dependence on finger counting and other tricks; knows answers, but can’t do it on paper.

    • Can count, but has difficulty counting objects and dealing with money.

    • Can do arithmetic, but fails word problems; cannot grasp algebra or higher math.

    Memory and Cognition

    • Excellent long-term memory for experiences, locations, and faces.

    • Poor memory for sequences, facts and information that has not been experienced.

    • Thinks primarily with images and feeling, not sounds or words (little internal dialogue).

    Behavior, Health, Development and Personality

    • Extremely disorderly or compulsively orderly.

    • Can be class clown, trouble-maker, or too quiet.

    • Had unusually early or late developmental stages (talking, crawling, walking, tying shoes).

    • Prone to ear infections; sensitive to foods, additives, and chemical products.

    • Can be an extra deep or light sleeper; bed-wetting beyond appropriate age.

    • Unusually high or low tolerance for pain.

    • Strong sense of justice; emotionally sensitive; strives for perfection.

    • Mistakes and symptoms increase dramatically with confusion, time pressure, emotional stress, or poor health.

    From Dyslexia the Gift web site,
    © Davis Dyslexia Association International, © 1992 by Ronald D. Davis
    Used with Permission

    Professional services described as Davis®, including Davis Dyslexia Correction®, Davis Symbol Mastery®, Davis Orientation Counseling®, Davis® Attention Mastery, Davis® Math Mastery, and Davis® Reading Program for Young Learners may only be provided by persons who are trained and licensed as Davis Facilitators or Specialists by Davis Dyslexia Association International.

    The Davis Dyslexia Correction® program, and tutoring by Learn Your Way are separate and distinct programs which are provided in their own distinct contexts on separate schedules.