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Dyslexia is not a problem only experienced by children and teenagers.

An adult dyslexic may find that they get frustrated at themselves and may experience periods of intense anger and/or depression at what they perceive as their own failure to achieve their goals. Increasingly, jobs require the individual to pass exams often involving reading, math and writing. This can cause anxiety, stress and result in the person failing or avoiding the job completely.

Characteristics of Dyslexics

The following list are some of the characteristic traits and behaviours that a dyslexic child will exhibit. The symptoms can vary from day to day, minute to minute. The most consistent things about these traits is the inconsistency - one day the symptom is present the next it is not.

Look at the following list and see how you shape up! You may be surprised. Contact Dyslexia Australia if you recognize 12 or more symptoms - On-line form - click here

Dyslexia Australia is pleased to announce our additional service - Dyslexia Screening Test for children aged 8 to 15 year old.  Please contact us to make an appointment with our Education Consultant.  Currently, this service is only offered in Brisbane  and Toowoomba, however, we have received many requests for other areas and will be happy to provide service when we have sufficient numbers.  Please submit your request.  NOTE:  Fees apply. 


Family history of learning problems
Isn't behind enough to be helped in the school setting
Test well orally, but not in written tests
Not reading at age level but appears bright/intelligent
Displays behaviours to cover problem (class clown, disruptive, teacher's pet, quiet)
Labelled as lazy, dumb, careless, immature, or "not trying hard enough"
Easily frustrated and emotional about school, reading or testing.
Talented in art, drama, music, sports, mechanics, story-telling, sales, business, designing, building, or engineering.
Difficulty maintaining attention; loses track of time, seems "hyper"
Learns best through hands-on experience, demonstrations, experimentation, observation, and visual aids.
Has difficulty with math
Poor short term or working memory
Poor memory for sequences, facts and information that has not been experienced.
Seems to "Zone out" or daydream often
Excellent memory for experiences
Visual learner. Thinks primarily in pictures not in sound
Difficulty putting thoughts into words verbally or in writing
Mispronounces or transposes words
Confused by verbal explanations
Feels dumb


Initially had trouble or still has trouble with sight words (eg was, what, is, the)
Difficulty catching on to phonics or sounding out words
Lacks awareness of the sounds in words, rhymes or sequences of syllables (eg what is the last sound in the words "what", "action", "fun")
Tends to confuse words that look alike (eg was/saw, for/from, who, how, house/home)
Reads and rereads with little comprehension
Reading or writing shows repetitions, additions, transpositions, omissions, substitutions, and reversals in letters, numbers and/or words
Uses the pictures or context of the story for cues
Difficulty decoding unfamiliar words
Tends to lose his/her place when reading (tracking problem)
Mis-reads or omits small words (for, of, with an, it) and word endings (-ing, -ed, -ly, -s)
Mistakes and symptoms increase dramatically with confusion, time pressure and emotional distress, or poor health
Can do math but has difficulty with word problems
Confuses words with similar spelling (slat/salt, slime/smile)

Vision and Spelling

Complains of dizziness, headaches or stomach aches while reading
Confused by letters, numbers, and/or words
Complains of feeling or seeing non-existent movement while reading, writing, or copying
Seems to have difficulty with vision, yet eye exam doesn't reveal a problem or diagnosed with tracking problem
Spells phonetically and inconsistently
Trouble copying from classroom board

This assessment is not intended to be a conclusive diagnosis of dyslexia, but a first-step to assist a parent or teacher to resources or Specialist help of their choice.  Dyslexia Australia offers a Dyslexia Screening test by an Educational Consultant for children aged 7 to 1.

Related Learning Disabilities

The following related categories which can be addressed through Dyslexia Australia:

 Developmental Letter position dyslexia/disorder

The cardinal symptom of letter position dyslexia is the migration of letters within the word (reading slime as ‘smile’; pirates as ‘parties’). These migration errors occur in reading aloud as well as in tasks of silent reading.

Central Auditory Processing Disorder(CAPD)/Auditory Processing

This term is being increasingly used to describe individuals who have problems with listening, either in distinguishing sounds in their language or in comprehending the words they hear.

People with CAPD may have trouble understanding what they hear, acting on it quickly, remembering it for a short or long time, and formulating a verbal response

An example of the disorder:

A child that is told “Do not step in the puddle” may hear “Step in the puddle".

This is due to the dyslexic not hearing the words “Do” and “not”.. Unfortunately, this results in the child being misunderstood and labeled with a behavioural problem such as “oppositional defiance disorder”.

Perceptual/Visual Difficulties


This is a difficulty in writing and graphing. It generally refers to extremely poor handwriting.

People with dysgraphia may display the following signs:


A dyspraxic person has balance and co-ordination problems. They will show several of the symptoms below:


Dyscalculia is when there are problems with maths - counting, adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing.

The following are some of the common characteristics of people with dyscalculia:

When writing, reading and recalling numbers, these are some of the common mistakes made:



People with ADD/ADHD display problems with hyperactivity, hypoactivity, inability to focus, difficulty staying on task, and inappropriate social behaviours.

The most common features include:

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