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Risk Factors

  • As a parent or educator, you want to look for the following characteristics of Dyslexia:

    Preschool—Third grade:

    • Failure to understand that words are made up of parts or individual sounds
    • Difficulty learning the letter names and their corresponding sounds
    • Difficulty reading single words in isolation
    • Difficulty reading fluently
    • Difficulty spelling phonetically


    Fourth grade—High School:

    • History of reading and spelling difficulties
    • Difficulty reading aloud
    • Avoids reading for pleasure
    • Difficulty learning a foreign language



    • Difficulty with spoken vocabulary
    • Difficulty completing the reading demands for multiple course requirements