Could It Be Dyslexia? - Cynthia Dapello

"Yesterday, Daniel picked up a book his teacher gave him, "Night of the Ninjas," and started to read it. He read the first 5 chapters without any help. It was a Magic Tree House #5 book. He was really proud of himself and so were we. He started to read it again a few minutes ago and told me he loves reading. In the past, he would only pick up a book when he was told to read, never for pleasure. We have seen a tremendous amount of improvement since you have been tutoring him. It's just like watching a flower slowly blossom. We would like to thank you and we are looking forward to what lies ahead once Daniel completes the program."
     ~Daniel, father of 3rd grader, Fontana

"I am in awe of her Stanford Acheivement Test scores. She scored in the 9th grade level for language."
     ~Lisa - Mom of 4th Grader - Claremont, CA

"Brett made honor roll! Thanks for all you do for him."
     ~Rhonda - Mom of 4th Grader - Rialto, CA


If a child has 3 or more of the following warning signs, encourage that child's parents and teachers to learn more about dyslexia.

In Preschool
  • Delayed speech
  • Mixing up the sounds and syllables in long words
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Severe reactions to childhood illnesses
  • Constant confusion of left versus right
  • Late establishing a dominant hand
  • Difficulty learning to tie shoes
  • Trouble memorizing their address, phone number, or the alphabet
  • Can't create words that rhyme
  • A close relative with dyslexia
In Elementary School
  • Dysgraphia (slow, non-automatic handwriting that is difficult to read)
  • Letter or number reversals continuing past the end of first grade
  • Extreme difficulty learning cursive
  • Slow, choppy, inaccurate reading:
    • Guesses based on shape or context
    • Skips or misreads prepositions (at, to, of)
    • Ignores suffixes
    • Can't sound out unknown words
  • Terrible spelling
  • Often can't remember sight words (they, were, does) or homonyms (their, they're, and there)
  • Difficulty telling time with a clock with hands
  • Trouble with math
    • Memorizing multiplication tables
    • Memorizing a sequence of steps
    • Directionality
  • When speaking, difficulty finding the correct word
  • Lots of "whatyamacallits" and "thingies"
  • Common sayings come out slightly twisted
  • Extremely messy bedroom, backpack, and desk
  • Dreads going to school
    • Complains of stomach aches or headaches
    • May have nightmares about school
    In High School

    All of the above symptoms plus:
    • Limited vocabulary
    • Extremely poor written expression
      • Large discrepancy between verbal skills and written compositions
    • Unable to master a foreign language
    • Difficulty reading printed music
    • Poor grades in many classes
    • May drop out of high school
    In Adults

    Education history similar to above, plus:
    • Slow reader
    • May have to read a page 2 or 3 times to understand it
    • Terrible speller
    • Difficulty putting thoughts onto paper
      • Dreads writing memos or letters
    • Still has difficulty with right versus left
    • Often gets lost, even in a familiar city
    • Sometimes confuses b and d, especially when tired or sick
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