Sue Hegland, Vice-President on the Board of the International Dyslexia Association, Upper Midwest Branch, recently wrote an article titled, Diagnosing Dyslexia, where she described how her son overcame early reading difficulties, but still had great difficulty with spelling. She shares, "It wasn't until fifth grade that we learned that he is dyslexic." She identified poor spelling as the "canary in the coal mine," that led to her son's diagnosis.
Other signs that a child have dyslexia vary over the life span. In early childhood, they may include delayed speech, mixing up the sounds and syllables in long words, and difficulty with identifying rhyme. Click here for a complete checklist of Warning Signs of Dyslexia,