Signs for Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability that affects an individual’s ability to read accurately and fluently

Preschool-age children:

  • Difficulty rhyming words
  • Difficulty learning and remembering the names of letters
  • Trouble correctly articulating words, sometimes reversing sounds in words
  • Struggling with learning basic nursery rhymes
  • Difficulty in learning and identifying new words
  • Trouble with speech and language, often not speaking as quickly or as fully as other children their age
  • Trouble following multi-step instructions
  • Difficulty in understanding the concept of reading and writing

Elementary school-age children:

  • Difficulty learning to read despite normal or above-average intelligence
  • Difficulty with spelling, often spelling words phonetically (e.g., “nait” for “night”)
  • Struggling with reading at grade level
  • Trouble recognizing common sight words
  • Difficulty understanding the sequence of events in a story
  • Difficulty learning a foreign language
  • Problems with handwriting, such as slow, non-fluent writing or poor pencil grip
  • Difficulty in remembering facts and numbers

High school-age students and adults:

  • Continues to spell incorrectly, frequently makes spelling errors
  • Avoids reading out loud
  • Struggles with reading comprehension
  • Difficulty summarizing a story
  • Often misreads information, leading to misunderstanding and errors
  • Slow reading rate and low fluency compared to peers
  • Difficulty with time management, organization, and planning
  • Struggles with learning a foreign language
  • Avoids tasks that require reading and writing

It’s important to note that the presence of one or two of these signs doesn’t necessarily mean an individual has dyslexia. Dyslexia is usually identified through a comprehensive evaluation. If you or your child is exhibiting several of these symptoms, consider scheduling a free 15 minute consultation with one of our literacy experts.


  • ACT tutors are meticulous in following the Orton-Gillingham methodology and maintain a structured yet adaptable approach according to my daughter’s needs. Their exceptional work has made a considerable difference in my child’s dyslexic journey, despite its inherent challenges. Hence, I wholeheartedly recommend the ACT Dyslexia Solutions tutoring staff for anyone seeking effective dyslexia or reading support. They offer an excellent blend of expertise and care, fostering both improved reading skills and a renewed love for reading and writing.

    The Toland Family
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    The Blanchard Family
  • As a parent, I know the feeling of helplessness when your child struggles with reading. But when we met Brenda Peters, everything changed. Brenda evaluated our child and provided a diagnosis and undeniable proof of dyslexia to the school, pointing us towards the necessary support. Brenda did more than just help my child - she transformed our entire family's educational journey. Her blend of empathy, expertise, and knowledge is remarkable. For us our journey with Brenda started with a game-changing free 15-minute consultation. I urge you, as a fellow parent, to seize this opportunity. It could be the first step in reshaping your child's future and securing the support your family needs.

    The Conrad Family
  • My son started receiving tutoring using the Orton Gillingham approach in 2020, the summer after his second-grade year, when we felt like we could do more to help him with his reading and writing. At that time, he was struggling with reading and spelling and we had difficulty understanding his writing. My son is now going into 6th grade and still receives one hour of online tutoring twice a week. Tutoring online fits in well with our busy schedule and allows my son to continue to participate in sports and activities with his friends. His teachers tell us that he often relates what he has learned in tutoring to what he is doing in school. We have seen huge improvements in his reading, spelling, and writing and I am often impressed at some of the things I hear him working on during his sessions. We highly recommend this approach!

    The Bemis Family
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