30 Common Traits of Dyslexic Children in Class

Most dyslexic children in class will show signs of about ten of the following characteristics and behavioral patterns. These characteristics can vary from day to day or from minute to minute. The most noticeable thing about dyslexic children in the class is their inconsistency.


If you are a parent with a child who you think shows signs of dyslexia, the best thing you can do is educate yourself on the common traits so you know when to act. Here are some of the most common signs of dyslexic children in class:

Symptoms of dyslexia in general:

1. Dyslexic children in class seem smart, very smart and eloquent, but they may have trouble reading or writing in class.

2. A child with dyslexia may be described as lazy, stupid, reckless, immature, or their effort as “not trying hard enough” or “having behavioral problems”.

3. A dyslexic child in class may not always appear to be behind “enough” to require special help.

4. Students with dyslexia often maintain a High IQ and test well orally, but not written.

5. Children with dyslexia often feel stupid, have low self-esteem, attempt to hide weaknesses with complex compensation strategies, and are easily annoyed and angered/ saddened by reading or school testing.

6. Dyslexia in a child may be shown by their many varying talents.

7. Kids with dyslexia often feel they are lost or dreaming, and easily lose track of time.

8. A kid with dyslexia may find it difficult to maintain attention; they seem to be “hyper” or “spacey”.

9. Dyslexic kids find the best way to learn is through practical experience, demonstrations, experiments, observations, and visual aids.

Signs of dyslexic children in class through reading, vision, and spelling:

10. A dyslexic kid may have complaints of dizziness, headaches or abdominal pain during reading.

11. Your child with dyslexia may suffer from confusion of letters, numbers, words, sequences, or verbal explanations.

12. A kid with dyslexia may show errors of repetition, unnecessary additions, conversions, omissions, swaps and inversions of letters, numbers and/or words are which will be displayed during reading or writing.

13. Your child may seem to have a vision problem, but his/her eye-sight checks do not reveal any problems.

14. A dyslexic student may lack depth or peripheral vision.

15. A student with dyslexia may have lower-than-average reading comprehension even after re-reading.

16. Dyslexic students sometimes speak phonetically and inconsistently.

Listening and speaking common dyslexia signs :

17. A dyslexic student may be easily distracted by sounds; even shallow sounds that another person might not hear.

18. Your dyslexic child may have difficulties in expressing thoughts, speak with indecisive sentences, leaves sentences incomplete, utter long words, or stress words and syllables when speaking.

Writing and motor skills dyslexia symptoms:

19. You may be able to diagnose dyslexia in your child if he has difficulty writing or copying; even something as simple as gripping a pencil in an uncommon way or when his/her handwriting is illegible can be a tell-tale sign.

20. It might be possible your child has dyslexia if he/she is clumsy, uncoordinated, or lacks the ability to appropriately participate in team activities.

21. Dyslexia symptoms in children also include ambidextrous students who often confuse left and right, up and down.

Dyslexia symptoms in children dealing with mathematics and time management :

22. If your child shows dependence on finger counting and other tricks or knows the answers but cannot do them on paper, he/she might be a dyslexic child.

23. A student with dyslexia might have problems counting objects and money.

24. Dyslexic kids can do arithmetic, but not word problems; they can’t easily understand algebra or higher mathematics.

Common signs of dyslexia in children -- Memory and cognition:

25. Most kids with dyslexia symptoms display good long-term memory of events, places, and faces.

26. Dyslexia in children could mean bad memory for sequences, facts, and information not learned from experience.

Dyslexia signs in behavior, health, development, and personality:

27. A kid with dyslexia is usually either very orderly or disastrously disorganized.

28. Your child with dyslexia may be known as the class clown, a trouble-maker, or the opposite; a very shy student.

29. If your child had unusually late/early development (talking, crawling, walking, tying his shoes) he/she may be dealing with dyslexia.

30. A dyslexic child will usually be sensitive to foods and additives and get an abnormal amount of ear infections.

31. Bed-wetting at an inappropriate age is a tell-tale sign of dyslexia. As well as are extremely deep or light sleepers.

32. Most children with dyslexia have an extremely high or low resistance to pain.

33. Some kids with dyslexia become perfectionists at an early age.

34. A child’s mental mistakes and symptoms of dyslexia increase sharply with confusion, temporary pressure, emotional stress, or poor health.

Understanding the most common traits of Dyslexic children in class

If your child shows a handful of these symptoms of dyslexia, it is possible he or she can be diagnosed.Make sure you know the traits of dyslexic children in class to care for your child’s learning.

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