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8 Early Signs of Dyslexia in Young Children

Dyslexia is one of the most common learning disorders amongst children and adults alike. Almost 10 percent of the population has some form of dyslexia. It is a language based learning disability, which can cause difficulties in reading, writing, and spelling. Even though dyslexia is so common, it is arguably under researched and the causes of dyslexia are still unknown. Although the genetic link is also unclear, genetics do seem to play a role in that a parent with dyslexia is more likely to have a child with dyslexia.

There are some key signs that a child might be dyslexic but many of these signs are not apparent for children who are not yet in school.

Keep reading to learn about the top eight signs of dyslexia. If any of these happen to fit your young child’s experience, your child might be dyslexia and early detection can help your child in the long term.

1. Delayed Speech

One of the major signs in early childhood of dyslexia is delayed speech. Although children tend to develop differently and some take longer to become verbal than others, by the age of two most children are able to produce short, concise sentences.

For some children with dyslexia, speech is delayed until the age of three or four. However, this is not the case for all children with dyslexia. For instance, some dyslexic children as young as one year old can start to speak and even make sentences that are correct grammatically. These children tend to stay away from using letters and numbers.