Difficulty following directions
Most 3-year olds can already follow simple, consecutive instructions. For instance, if you tell them to put their toys in the box and then put the box on the shelf, they’ll likely keep up without being confused.
If you find yourself wondering, “Is my child dyslexic?”, remember that children with dyslexia may find it hard to follow consecutive instructions. However, they’ll do well if you give simple directions, one at a time.
Loves stories but doesn’t have a favorite book
Even if they can’t read yet, preschoolers will tell you that they already have a favorite book as they can associate it with their favorite story.
A child who may have dyslexia or another learning difficulty probably loves a particular story but does not have a favorite book. This is because they don’t like the letters and words they see in books. In case you read them a story, you may notice that they are not paying attention or cannot sit still.
May seem forgetful
Most preschoolers always have something to share with their parents, such as what their friend did, the color of the car they saw, or what their teacher taught them to do at preschool.
If a child has dyslexia, they may appear forgetful as they cannot recall the name of their teacher and friends, and they can’t remember the names of colors.
Have problem meeting some developmental milestones
According to the British Dyslexia Association, not hitting some developmental milestones is also part of the early signs of childhood dyslexia. Case in point, a young child with dyslexia may find it hard to:
- Do arts and crafts because they have trouble cutting, sticking, and coloring.
- Dress themselves (they cannot insert buttons, tie shoelaces, etc.)
- Catch or kick a ball
- Jump or hop
- Play as they often trip, fall, or bump into things
And finally, a child with dyslexia may have prominent good and bad days for no apparent reason.