ExcelLearn, Philip Roseblade, Alison Roseblade, Specific Learning Difficulties, dyslexia


The Common Factors in Recognising Dyslexia

Dyslexia affects both children and adults differently. If you recognise a significant number of these symptoms in the person concerned it is important to seek professional advice. ExcelLearn, Philip Roseblade, Alison Roseblade, Specific Learning Difficulties, dyslexia

Children aged 9 and under


  • A family history of learning difficulties
  • Difficulty telling left from right
  • Confusion over directional words, e.g. ‘up/down’ or ‘in/out’
  • An aptitude for creative activities such as drawing and modeling as well as using constructional toys, such as  Lego and Meccano.
  • Difficulty learning nursery rhymes
  • Difficulty with rhyming words such as run, fun and bun
  • Particular difficulty with reading and/or spelling
  • An unwillingness to put pen to paper
  • Persistent and continued reversing of numbers and letters (e.g.’15’ for ‘51’, ‘b’ for ‘d’)
  • Difficulty learning the alphabet and multiplication tables
  • Difficulty with remembering sequences such as the days of the week and months of the year
  • Poor concentration and signs of frustration
  • Difficulty repeating polysyllabic words (e.g. preliminary)

Children aged 9-12 years

  • Continued mistakes in reading and poor comprehension of text
  • Strange spelling, perhaps with letters missed out or in the wrong order
  • Requiring extra time to complete tasks  
  • Lacking in personal organisational skills at home and at school
  • Difficulty copying accurately from white board or textbook
  • Difficulty taking down spoken instructions
  • Growing lack of self-confidence and increasing frustration
Teenagers / Students
  • May read very slowly with many inaccuracies.
  • Continues to spell incorrectly, frequently spells the same word differently in a single piece of writing.
  • Continues to requiring extra time to complete tasks 
  • May avoid reading and writing tasks. 
  • May have difficulty learning a foreign language.
  • May have poor memory skills.
  • Poor attention span
  • May misread information.
  • Inadequate vocabulary.
  • Significant frustration


  • May hide reading problems.
  • May spell poorly; relies on others to correct spelling.
  • Avoids writing; may not be able to write.
  • Often very competent in oral language.
  • Relies on memory; may have an excellent memory.
  • Often has good "people" skills.
  • Often is spatially talented; professions include, but are not limited, to engineers, architects, designers, artists and craftspeople, mathematicians, physicists, physicians (esp. surgeons and orthopedists), and dentists.
  • May be very good at "reading" people (intuitive).
  • In jobs is often working well below their intellectual capacity.
  • May have difficulty with planning, organization and management of time, materials and tasks.
  • Often entrepreneurs.