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Symptoms of Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities in Older Students

October 11th, 2016

What are the symptoms of dyslexia or learning disabilities in older students?

This is a typical question that comes to my desk almost weekly. More often than not, these calls come from parents or even principals of kids that are in 6th, 8th or 10th grade. Panic has begun to set in because there is not much time before their kids will begin either middle school, high school, or will be completing high school. The hope is that it is not too late to do something about it.

Let me assure you, it is never too late to make learning easier for your kids. From the science of neuroplasticity, we have learned that the brain makes new neuro-connections each and every day, no matter your age. Knowing this means that it is never too late to improve your skills.

A number of years ago I worked with a 60+ year-old who had had a stroke. Her doctors said that she would never regain any cognition. After working with me, doing simple exercises and activities, her doctors were quite surprised to see that she regained most of what she had lost. Targeting the underlying root cause of learning problems made all the difference.

That being said, what are experts looking for when learning is hard?

What are the specific symptoms of dyslexia or learning disabilities in older students?

See if you should investigate if your older child has any symptoms of dyslexia or learning disabilities…

If your student has 3 or more symptoms at each level grade-group (see the preschool and K-4 grade learning disabilities symptoms), you may want to investigate the possibility that there may be an actual learning problem. Schedule a complimentary consultation to find out more.

Grades 5-8 Symptoms

Did they, or do they…

  • Reverse letter sequences (left/felt)?
  • Have trouble learning prefixes, suffixes, and root words?
  • Avoid reading aloud?
  • Avoid writing assignments?
  • Have trouble with word problems?
  • Have difficulty with handwriting?
  • Have difficulty aligning numbers in columns?
  • Have poor recall of facts?
  • Take too long to complete assignments?
  • Read the assignment but can’t remember what he/she has read?
  • Have difficulty making friends?
  • Have trouble remembering where he/she left something?
  • Have a disorganized desk or room?
  • Have poor alignment of numerals on a math paper?
  • Have inadequate spacing of letters and words in writing?
  • Have difficulty with problem solving and reasoning?
  • Have difficulty in understanding measurements, maps, and graphs?

High School Symptoms

Do they, or did they…

  • Continue to spell incorrectly?
  • Avoid reading and writing tasks?
  • Have trouble summarizing?
  • Have trouble with open-ended questions?
  • Have difficulty with problem solving and reasoning?
  • Have weak memory skills?
  • Work slowly?
  • Have a poor grasp of abstract concepts?
  • Pay either too little attention to details, or focus on them too much?
  • Misread information?
  • Have trouble remembering where he/she left something?
  • Have poor alignment of numerals on a math paper?
  • Have inadequate spacing of letters and words in writing?
  • Have difficulty in understanding measurements, maps, and graphs?

Solutions to Symptoms of Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities in Older Students

There are several steps to put into place to make learning easier for those with learning disabilities or dyslexia.

Step One: Schedule a Free 30 Minute Consultation with Bonnie Terry.

Step Two: Go through a Neuro-developmental Behaviorally Based Assessment to have the underlying root causes of the learning problems identified.

Step Three: Gain an understanding of why learning is difficult and see the possibilities that learning can become easier. (Mindset is crucial to improving learning skills.)

Step Four: Choose an Awaken the Scholar Within Program that addresses the underlying root causes of your learning problems that also provides step-by-step instructionin any academic areas that need improvement.

Step Five: Work the program (about 30 minutes a day).

Remember, it is never too late to make learning easier. You have the opportunity to shine, to live the life of your dreams, to be successful. Schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss your concerns here.

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