SpLD Dyslexia Key Characteristics

A dyslexic pupil may:

• use bizarre spellings and have poor phonological awareness

• frequently lose the place when reading and see blurred or distorted word shapes

• confuse some high frequency words, such as was/saw

• reverse letters and number digits beyond the age where this is normal

• write words with the correct letters in the wrong order

• write sequences of letters and numbers in reverse

• have difficulty remembering a word and substitute other words instead

• have great difficulty organising herself and her belongings

• be unable to remember simple sequences, such as days of the week

• experience problems following oral instructions

• have poor sense of time and direction

• make frequent errors when copying, especially from the board

• have some coordination difficulties

• have low levels of motivation and self-esteem.