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Preschool children with dyslexia are likely to show signs of speech problems, for example not being able to pronounce long words, delayed speech and the habit of mixing letters and pronunciation. They are also likely to have difficulty in learning the letters of the alphabet and have difficulty in picking up on rhymes.
Pre-school Children with Dyslexia
Sometimes a disparity between maths and science ability and reading/writing ability can point to possible difficulties. Reading mathematical ‘word’ problems can also be an issue for children with dyslexic tendencies.
A disparity with Dyslexia
 
Issues of short-term memory can be present, with children unable to ‘hold’ a number of instructions in their mind at one time. Skimming and scan reading can be tricky too.

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Issues with short term memory
 
Organisational issues, which often start to show towards the end of primary school and into secondary school are a likely symptom – in terms of making sure they have the right things for the task, but also how to organise ideas and get these down on paper.
 
Copying from the board can be problematic, due to the way words are processed; children may struggle to copy (and read) a word they’ve only just seen – it seems ‘new’ to them each time. Consequently, this can be a slow and frustrating process.
Copying from the Board
 
Count Out Dyslexia provides a dyslexia screening service. This is great for quickly and affordably counting in or out dyslexia as a worry. The reports use the language of ‘risk of dyslexia’. If the risk is low, you can safely assume no dyslexic tendencies. If it is high, then it is very likely that your child has dyslexia. If you want a formal diagnosis of dyslexia, this requires more complex testing by a PATOSS member or an educational psychologist. In Cambridgeshire, waiting times for educational psychologists are typically 6-12 months and fees tend to be between £600 to £1000. The Count Out Dyslexia screening test will only look at dyslexia and not other learning difficulties such as ADHD, Aspergers or Autistic Spectrum Disorders. If clarity is needed on these areas too, then an assessment by an educational psychologist is recommended and we can sign-post you to the right people.
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