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Characteristics of Dyslexia

The following are the reading/spelling characteristics of dyslexia:

  • Difficulty reading single words in isolation;
  • Difficulty accurately decoding nonsense words;
  • Slow, inaccurate, or labored oral reading (lack of reading fluency);
  • Difficulty with learning to spell.       

The reading/spelling characteristics are the result of difficulty with the following:

  • The development of phonological awareness, including segmenting, blending, and manipulating sounds in words;
  • Learning the names of letters and their associated sounds; 
  • Phonological memory (holding information about sounds and words in memory); 
  • Rapid naming of familiar objects, colors, or letters of the alphabet.

Secondary consequences of dyslexia may include the following:

  • Variable difficulty with aspects of reading comprehension; 
  • Variable difficulty with aspects of written composition; 
  • A limited amount of time spent in reading activities.

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