Traits that tend to be
Common among Dyslexics


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Of course, not all of these traits will apply to everyone that has some form of dyslexia and many non-dyslexics will also have some of these traits. However, many dyslexics seem to have most of the traits listed. Most will be more noticeable, when the person is nervous, stressed, fatigued, or in poor health.

The Following list is not in any order:


Loses track of time.

Easily lost/disoriented.

Seems to "phase out," or daydream a lot.

Often confuses left/right.

Does not read for pleasure.

A poor speller, spells phonetically and inconsistently.

Often reverse numbers, when writing or copying sequences of numbers. Phone Numbers are very common area.

Often has trouble with "b's" & "d's" (lower case only) - VERY common.

Often has trouble with "6's" & "9's".

When first learning letters often draws many of them backwards.

Most skills take longer to "grasp". However once the concept is "grasped", will often excel.

When first learning to read, Complains of letters/numbers moving while reading, writing, or copying. Will make comments like, "The number was 21 not 12".

Sometimes unable to remember/describe tasks that were just performed or items that were just read.

Appears bright, highly intelligent & articulate, but has difficulty with reading, writing, or spelling at grade level.

Sometimes has trouble remembering names of objects & friends (even friends the person has known for years).

Had early or late developmental stages (crawling, walking, talking).

When reading, using finger or some other object as a pointer often increases reading speed and accuracy.

Reading or writing shows repetitions, transpositions, additions, omissions, and reversals in letters, words, and/or numbers.

Becomes bored easily; often described as "Hyper."

Will test well orally, but not on written tests.

Learns best through hands-on experience, demonstrations, experimentation, visual aids, & observation.

Hears background sounds not apparent to others and easily distracted by sounds.

Difficulty putting thoughts into words.

Stutters under stress, transposes phrases & words when speaking.

Very Observant

Very high peripheral vision.

Handwriting varies, becomes illegible (as a way to 'hide' spelling and grammatical problems especially in school).

May seem Uncoordinated, difficulty with some types of motor skills & tasks.

Difficulty telling time, managing, & being on time

Difficulty learning sequenced information or tasks.

Has dependence on finger counting, and "tricks" with math.

Does better with higher math (algebra, calculus, geometry, etc.) than general math.

Can count, but sometimes difficulty counting; 'loses count easily'.

Excellent long-term memory for movies, experiences, for locations & faces (but often not the names of the movie, location or person).

Easily frustrated or emotional about school, reading, writing, or math.

Prone to allergies.

Often an extra deep or very light sleeper.

Extremely High or low tolerance for pain.

Sensitive, emotional, extreme mood swings.

Strives for perfection in areas of intrest.

Most things tend to be in the extreme, no middle ground.


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