dyslexia infant checklist


The following Infant Checklist may indicate a pre-school child is dyslexic – children do not need to have all of these problems. However, if these problems continue beyond the time that the average child has grown out of them, they may indicate dyslexia and advice should be sought.
Infant Checklist
For ease of reading he should be transposed for she when appropriate.

Dyslexia: Weaknesses

* Is there a family history of learning difficulties?
* Does the child have delayed speech, a lisp or is the speech unclear?
* Does he have problems getting dressed: putting shoes on the correct feet; doing up buttons; laces etc?
* Does he enjoy hearing stories but shows no interest in the written word?
* Do people continually say he is lazy and not paying attention?
* Does he have problems with games: tripping/bumping/falling over; catching a ball; skipping; and hopping?
* Does he bump into things and trip over a lot?
* Can he clap a rhythm back?
* Does he often accidentally say: blue is green; red is yellow etc?
* Does he often have to search for words and often mislabel them?
* Does he confuse: under/over, up/down?
* Can he select odd words out, i.e. cat, mat, pig, fat?
* Does he grip pencils and pens too tightly?
* Using coloured beads, can he: thread green, red, blue, white correctly?
* Can he put things in sequence: nursery rhymes; numbers up to ten; days of the week; alphabet?

dyslexia: strengths

* Is he quick thinking and does he have a lot of original thought?
* Is he good at: creativity art/colour
* Does he have an aptitude for construction games: Lego; blocks; remote control; keyboards?
* Does he appear bright – but unable to do simple things?

The earlier dyslexia is diagnosed, the easier it is to ensure the child receives the correct support at home and at school. Although there is no cure for dyslexia, research has shown the problems can be alleviated with the correct tuition.