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DYSLEXIA RECOGNITION
How can I tell if a child may have Dyslexia or if he's just 'slow'? 

HANDY HINTS FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS ON
HOW TO SPOT A DYSLEXIC CHILD
(Source: DFES; SEN division)

We've all come across the situation. A child who is struggling with his spelling, his writing, or his reading, or perhaps his numeracy. A child who doesn't progress as quickly as his classmates - or worse, doesn't seem to progress at all.

At first you put it down to slowness, or laziness. You think he will improve in time. But he doesn't. 

Then someone mentions dyslexia, and you start to wonder. But you tell yourself that children often get over such early difficulties, and you hope for the best. Yet you still feel uneasy. 

So how do you tell if a child may have Dyslexia or if he's just slow or lazy? There are some obvious signs, if you know what to look for. And it vital that you do know, because dyslexic children need special help. If they don't get it, they'll fall further and further behind. They'll become frustrated and lose their self-esteem.

This list gives some hints on identification. It's worth printing off and keeping handy - the chances are there's at least one dyslexic child in each of your classes. 

Written Work
Look out for a child who.....

Reading
Look out for a child who.....

Numeracy
Look out for a child who.....

Time
Look out for a child who.....

Skills
Look out for a child who.....

Behaviour
Look out for a child who.....

Your next step should be to consult the school's SENCO immediately, and to decide whether the child should be placed on the school's SEN register and given appropriate help.

With acknowledgements to the Department for Education and Employment SEN Division.

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