CHARACTERISTICS OF DYSLEXIA
"Dyslexia is an unexpected difficulty in learning to read. Dyslexia takes away an individual’s ability to read quickly and automatically, and to retrieve spoken words easily, but it does not dampen one’s creativity and ingenuity."
Dr. Sally Shaywitz, The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity
BABIES THROUGH THE PRE-SCHOOL YEARS
Although all children develop at their own rates, certain characteristics like late walking and talking in younger children and rhyming with pre-school children could indicate a learning difference.
KINDERGARTEN THROUGH FIRST GRADE
Dyslexia affects an individual’s ability to recognize words and connect them with sounds and meaning. As a result, it usually becomes more evident in elementary school.
SECOND GRADE THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL
One of the most challenging symptoms of dyslexia for school age students is a very slow reading pace, which can make it difficult for them to complete assignments on time. In Texas, having a 504 Plan in place at your child's school legally ensures that the student receives accommodations that will ensure their academic success.
YOUNG ADULTS AND ADULTS
The challenges that dyslexia poses can persist into adulthood and the workplace, although they take different forms at this age. Many dyslexic adults will choose a career that hides difficulties or does not require dealing with their problematic areas.