Indicators of dyslexia in young people

Children can begin to show signs of dyslexia from a young age, although it is usually not formally identified until a child is at least 6 or 7 years old.  

Some people will reach adulthood and not realise that the difficulties they have faced all their lives were due to being dyslexic.

Each person with dyslexia will experience the condition in a way that is unique to them. Each will have their own set of abilities and difficulties. However, if you know what to look for, there are signs that can help you to identify a child or young person with dyslexia.

  • Checklists

    There are checklists that your child's teacher can use if you feel that your child isn't making the progress at school that you would expect.

    They do not give a diagnosis but they are a useful tool to help identify areas of need and therefore introduce the right support. It is best practice for your child's school to involve you and your child in completing a checklist.

    You can see teacher checklists for early years, primary, secondary and post 16 education on the British Dyslexia Association website.

    British Dyslexia Association checklists

Here you will find some of the most common indicators of dyslexia in children of different ages.