Delaware Code: 12790
Greater Philadelphia/ South Jersey: 50468
"You are forever free once you know how to read." - Frederick Douglass
Dyslexia: Common Traits
There is a history of reading problems on either side of the biological family.
Has poor self-esteem and may be exhibiting behavioral problems.
Bad ear infections during the first year of life.
Difficulty planning and organizing.
Presents a challenge sustaining attention; appears "hyper" or "daydreamer."
Had unusually early or late developmental stages (talking, crawling, walking, tying shoes).
Slow development of fine motor skills (i.e. holding a pencil properly, using buttons or zippers and /or
brushing his or her teeth?)
Struggles with recognizing and repeating rhyming patterns.
Complains of dizziness, headaches or stomach aches while reading.
You feel that your child can learn better if the reading assignment is read aloud to him or her.
Your child tries to "sound out" basic words but struggles.
Reading and / or writing shows repetitions, additions, transpositions, omissions, substitutions, and
reversals in letters, numbers and/or words.
Spells words the way they sound rather than the way they are spelled.
Difficulty putting thoughts into words; speaks in halting phrases; leaves sentences incomplete; stutters
under stress; mispronounces long words, or transposes phrases, words, and syllables when speaking.
Poor and / or inconsistent spelling.
Difficulty retaining meaning when reading or answering written questions.
Basic math skills are easy but word problems are challenging.
Average or above average intelligence.
You have been told that your child is not "behind enough" or "bad enough" to be helped in the school setting.