An individual can be diagnosed with Dyslexia at any time in their life, but symptoms can develop during their childhood. Some young children may not become confident with their ability to write or read, or there may be a delay with the development of these skills, and this can be a sign of Dyslexia. Young children with Dyslexia may find nursery rhymes difficult to learn, or a child may show signs that they are struggling with other, more advanced types of language.
As a child grows up, symptoms of Dyslexia can become more apparent as they learn more advanced language at school, and when they are expected to be reading more complex books. A child may seem sociable, chatty and confident with verbal language and communication, but they may struggle to write things down or may be unsure about spelling. A child’s handwriting may be visibly inferior to their peers, and this may become particularly noticeable as they reach primary school age.
Children who are at Primary or Secondary school might report that they tend to experience written words that look blurry, or words that seem to move around on the page. These symptoms can cause difficulties in class or at live performances, if a teacher asks a child to read aloud, or if a child is reading from a script during a school performance.