Dyslexia Indication Checklist

The following checklist is a lightweight version of a proper dyslexia evaluation. It will help you start to get a general idea of your child’s learning profile and should be followed with a professional assessment if needed. 



1. Show mixed handedness, doing some activities righty and others lefty?


2. Mispronounce unfamiliar words when reading them aloud?


3. Come up with reasons to not to read something, especially aloud?


4. Tend to learn by talking to people or watching media rather than by reading with his eyes?


5. Have problems memorizing a series of numbers?


6. Have any extended family members that have been identified as dyslexic or as having a "Learning Disability"?


7. Frequently lose his or her place or skip lines when eye reading?


8. Sometimes forget how to spell short words he or she knows how to use?


9. Confuse words that sound similar such as maggot and magnet?


10.Use and understand complex words that he would be unable to spell?



For each “yes” answer, award one point. 


o-3 points: Consult NCLD checklist to explore other profiles


4-10 points: Dyslexia possible; consult NCLD checklist and then discuss with teacher 


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