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Hidden in Plain Sight: Seven Signs of Dyslexia

This guide will help families understand the seven common signs of dyslexia. It offers actionable steps for parents seeking support and information about helping their struggling reader learn independent and achieve academic success. DOWNLOAD

1. Is My Child Dyslexic?

We’ll help you to understand the characteristics of dyslexia and what to do if you suspect your child is showing these early warning signs of dyslexia. We’ll debunk the current myths and show you how children with this common learning disability also exhibit areas of strength. We’ll also introduce you to different screening and evaluation options.

Here's how to get started

Step 1

Understand dyslexia, the most common learning disability

Approximately 10% to 20% of the U.S. population has a specific learning disability called dyslexia, which is a leading cause of reading challenges in school. As parents, we should learn about the characteristics of dyslexia and what they mean for our children.

Additional Resources: Warning Signs Tip Sheet

Overcoming Dyslexia

A must read by renowned dyslexia researcher, Dr. Sally Shaywitz


Step 2

Discover screening options for identifying dyslexia

If you suspect that your child has dyslexia, an evaluation can uncover your child's individual profile of strengths and weaknesses leading to specific recommendations for intervention and supports. Evaluation results provide a basis for making instructional decisions and help determine which educational services your child needs.

Additional Resources: Special Educators Guide to Comprehensive 301 Diagnostic Tests, Find an evaluator in our Specialist Directory

Learning Ally's Dyslexia Screener

Take a short online quiz to identify common characteristics


Step 3

Understand how audiobooks support better reading and more effective learning

Audiobooks can help children become better readers and more effective learners. If your child is having trouble learning to read or is struggling to keep up with homework, audiobooks can be a powerful tool that can improve reading comprehension, boost confidence, save time on school-work and lead to better grades.

Suggested Resources: Tips for Using Audiobooks

Understanding dyslexia

A webinar on dyslexia’s impact on learning


Step 4

Recognize that dyslexia brings strengths and weaknesses

Though children with dyslexia experience difficulties in reading, writing and spelling, they are often bright, talented individuals. We cannot simply focus on their areas of isolated deficits. It is important for parents to understand that we need to balance remediation with a rich and stimulating environment that fosters and nurtures our child's strengths and talents.

Additional Resources: The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan

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The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan


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Warning Signs Tip Sheet

Potential indicators for dyslexia by grade level


Special Educators' Guide to Comprehensive 301 Diagnostic Tests

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