Though dyslexia can occasionally be diagnosed at an early age, it usually becomes more obvious when a child starts school and begins focusing on how to read and write.

Symptoms of dyslexia in children aged 5 to 12 years include:

  • Problems learning the names and sounds of letters
  • Inconsistent spelling
  • Confusing letters that look similar and putting letters the wrong way round (such as writing “p” instead of “d”)
  • Confusing the order of letters in words
  • Answering questions well orally, but struggling to write an answer down
  • Struggling to carry out directions or learn sequences such as days of the week
  • Slow writing speed
  • Poor handwriting
  • Poor phonological awareness