Preschool signs of Dyslexia


  • Trouble learning common nursery rhymes, such as “Jack and Jill”
  • Difficulty learning (and remembering) the names of letters in the alphabet
  • Seems to be unable to recognize letters in his/her own name

  • Mispronounces familiar words; persistent “baby talk”

  • Doesn’t recognize rhyming patterns like cat, bat, rat

  • A family history of reading and/or spelling difficulties


  • Cannot sound out even simple words like cat, map, nap.
  • Does not associate letters with sounds, such as the letter b with the “b” sound

Activities and Life

  • If you ask for a spoon, your child hands you a fork.
  • Difficulty attaching labels to objects and symbols.
  • Difficulty following directions- you ask your child to get his coat and shoes and he only brings a coat.
  • Trouble following lengthy directions, may only hear the first and the last part.
  • Needs frequents reminders to follow rules and routines

Source: Overcoming Dyslexia © Sally E. Shaywitz, M.D.


  • Curiosity
  • A great imagination
  • The ability to figure things out

  • Eager embrace of new ideas

  • Getting the gist of things

  • A good understanding of new concepts

  • Surprising maturity

  • A larger vocabulary for the age group

  • Enjoyment in solving puzzles

  • Talent at building models

  • Excellent comprehension of stories read or told to him