What does Dyslexia look like?

For a while now, when I watch my DD, I wonder if she may be dyslexic.

I don’t know a whole lot, but I have been reading a few links I found on my friend and sister, Martha’s website, and it looks like she may be.

The thing that really stuck out to me today was, well, the lack of her ability to phonetically sound out words.  She avoids reading at all costs.  I thought it was just a “lack of interest in reading”, which she comes by honestly, (blush).  It was this site that really laid out what to look for, and I think she fits quite a few of these.

She has trouble doing copywork – from a book or from the board.
Her spelling is not quite where it should be.

We had a bit of success with spelling, when we were using the tiles.  But, she can’t spell those same words today with ease.

When listening to a story, she can retell it terrifically!  But if she were to read it herself…

Sigh – I don’t know if I’m just being paranoid or what.  I just know that there is something not quite right.
Could this be dyslexia?  Am I paranoid?  Is it just her being seven?

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4 Responses to What does Dyslexia look like?

  1. live4evermom says:

    For one thing, if you think something is wrong then try to figure it out, like you are doing. Although at 7 some children still take a while. I started worrying more and more when mine was 8 1/2 to 9. By then for sure I knew something was wrong.

    Keep practicing and going over those tiles. Do the sounds. Play games with it. Don’t let your worries show though. Just know that eventually no matter what she will understand. Mine understands everything that is read to him or that he listens to. Mine still writes phonetically. Like was will be wuz and the word turn he might spell it trn and leave off the u. He turns letters around also. Instead of the p the round part is backwards.

    Just keep trying. Be persistant. Loving but persistant. It’s ok if there is something wrong….there are lots of people in this world that have problems and still make it.

    Hope that helps a bit. Email me privately if you want. By the way, the link for my blog is wrong. hehehe You forgot to add the 123 behind the sunrisetosunset. If someone clicks on that they will wonder what you are talking about. hehehe

    Martha

    • admin says:

      Link corrected. 😉

      Thanks so much for your encouraging words.
      I’m going to take them all to heart and prayer. I want so badly to help, and the not knowing is really a pain!!

      Thanks so much, and I’ll be sure to email you privately should anymore questions/concerns on this arise!

  2. I was going to say something similar. I think age 7 is a little early to be worrying. Some kids just don’t ‘get’ reading until they are 9-10. Have you tried those videos from Leap Frog or some SchoolHouse Rock ones? They are pretty fun.

  3. Kym Kinsley says:

    We discovered dyslexia in my daughter at age 7. That is a lot of what she is doing as well– when you have a perfectly intelligent child who is truly struggling in one area– Reading– it is time to find out. And remember that the earlier the better . Don’t put your head in the sand and hope that it will go away. Better to find out that she is fine than to wait until 4th grade when her esteem is GONE and she is pulling her hair out! Also just realize that if it is that it will always be a process– It never just clicks and they “get it” I am just at that point now! But I do know that theses little ones who really have to work at things become more sucessful in the long run because they KNOW how to work and to process things! By the way she just turned 8 and wants to be a teacher someday!

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