Thursday, February 18, 2010

When should you be alarmed?

Everyday I meet several parents with concerns about the difficulties their children face at school. Some of these children are as little as 4 or 5. They always wonder whether the difficulties the child is facing will pass away as the child grows older? Or are they actually the symptoms of any kind of a learning Difficulty? I have tried to outline a few signs that we should look out for and document. If your child scores an yes on more than 50% of this list then you should get a psychologial and an educational assessment done.

 Slow and hesitant reading. Tires easily with reading or complains of sore eyes
 Sounding out when reading
 Failure to recognize familiar irregular words, e.g. “whose”, “right”, “hour”
 Reading words as anagrams, e.g. “was” as “saw”, “on” as “no”
 Confusion between “b” and “d” and sometimes” “p”
 Repeatedly getting stuck on the same words throughout a passage
 Difficulty understanding overall content
 Dislikes reading
 Omission or addition of words or lines
 Poor standard of reading in comparison with oral ability

Slow at learning to spell
 Letters and numbers often reversed
Spelling tends to be bizarre
Incorrectly formed or written letters
Failure to write “p” and “g” or “q” sitting down on line
 Confusion between “b” and “d” and sometimes” “p”
Difficulty in keeping writing on lines of page
Confusion between “b” and “d” or always writing them as capitals
Order of letters within a word frequently incorrect
 Great difficulty in spelling common words.
 Words spelt in different ways in same piece of writing
 Difficulty in reading back what he/she has written
 A dislike or avoidance of writing
 Difficulty in copying from book or blackboard
 Poor standard of written work in comparison with oral ability or drawing

 Confusion between right and left
Difficulty tying shoelaces or remembering which foot to put each shoe on
Difficulty doing up buttons into correct buttonholes
Difficulty in carrying out more than one instruction at a time
 Difficulty in remembering what day/month it is
Difficulty in remembering anything in sequential order, e.g. stories, songs, rhymes, months of
year etc.
Difficulty in learning to tell the time, learning times tables or number sequences
Easily distracted, Poor concentration on reading or writing tasks
 Generally lacking in confidence
A bright child who wants to learn and understand how things work


  1. My name is dushyant. I am 9 and a half years old. I read your blog. It is very nice. I even saw you come on Tv!! You are doing very good work by teaching dyslexic children in a fun way!!

  2. Hi Dushyant
    Its great to see sensitive young boys like you understand fellow children who have difficulties in learning. Come by some day. Maybe you can help us do a reading program for children?

  3. Hi Chetana, I'm Sree. I'm a s/w engineer by profession.Of late I was reading a lot about dyslexia.After correlating lot of symptoms and past experience, i believe i had and am having dyslexia.I'm so shy to say it out to people and not sure how should i fight it.If you can throw up some light in my way to handle at this point, it would a life saver.

  4. Hi Sreejith Please come and meet me at the Octave centre. The details are in the blogs. We can surely guide you and help you.


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